Plaque at York St John University

Winifred, Mary and Catherine Cruse were recognised as pioneers of
women’s education at the opening ceremony of Beyond the Vote, a festival
commemorating 100 years since women won the right to vote, with the unveiling of a York Civic Trust plaque. You can read more about the Cruses here.

The unveiled plaque at York St John University

From 1846 the three Victorian sisters governed the York and Ripon Training College for Schoolmistresses, and their ground-breaking work to ensure women had the same educational rights as men is now acknowledged with an historic blue plaque on the University’s Quad building – part of the original Victorian college.

The plaque was unveiled by York Civic Trust President Dr Peter Addyman and Vice-Chancellor of the York St John University Professor Karen Stanton, who praised the recognition of the women as part of the history of the University.

Guests from the Civic Trust and University

York Civic Trust will also unveil memorials to George Russell and George Yeld, both horticulturalists, to tie-in with Bloom festival on 7 July.

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