Moira in 1910 - August 2013

Suffragettes, Soldiers and Anarchists

Display of rifles used 1870s to Great War

Moira Furnace Museum hosted a one day event, showing life in the year 1910.

This featured Suffragettes, Soldiers and Anarchists, as well as a display of household items from 1910.

I went as a British Home Service Soldier.

Display of rifles used 1870s to Great War
Uniforms of the British soldier during the late 19th century and early 20th century.
Up an' at 'em History
Up an at em history

During the day the group interpreted a possible 1910 scenario:

A Tory candidate (Mr R Abel) is attempting to speak to the crowd to gain support in the up-coming Parliamentary election.

He is heckled and challenged by members of the local Suffragette movement, who proceeds to chain herself to various structures.

The candidate is also attacked by an anarchist - Charles David Jaggard, known also as "Dave the Carpenter".

A local policeman, supported by members of the British Army are tasked with protecting the politician and bringing the troublemakers to justice.

This scenario was reconstructed several times during the day, each one slightly different.

The Politician
The Soldiers
The Constable
The Suffragette
The Anarchist (Dave the Carpenter)
Addressing the crowd
The hustings begin and the candidate sets out his thoughts.

A Suffragette appears on the scene, and starts to heckle the Candidate.

As her protest escalates the Constable moves in to maintain order.

Chained

Just when it seems safe to continue a voice rings out - an armed anarchist is on the top of a nearby building, inciting violence and civil disobedience.

The constable and soldiers move to apprehend the villain, who seems to be an expert at avoiding capture.

When the Anarchist opens fire with a gun the soldiers return fire in order to protect the candidate.

The constable and a soldier enter the building, but find it empty - the anarchist has made good his escape, leaving behind his red flag.

Confident that the anarchist has fled the area the candidate feels safe to return to his campaign, after discussing the situation with the constable and the soldiers.

He then re-appears in various disguises to cause further disruption.

My collection of period firearms attracted a number of visitors who were eager to find out more about their history.

In addition to the re-enactments and living history displays there were other attractions such as the museum and rides on the canal boats.

The re-enactors were on hand to discuss the period with visitors.