VISITORS to the Bodleian Library learned about the women’s suffrage movement in Oxford on International Women’s Day.

Sappho to Suffrage: Women who Dared opened at the Weston Library in Broad Street, on Tuesday.

Dee Hazell, a retired occupational therapist from Oxford, was one of the visitors yesterday.

She said International Women’s Day - which happens every year - was a timely occasion for her first visit to the exhibition.

Mrs Hazell said: “I’m not an absolute feminist but I thought today would be a good day to come and have a look at this exhibition.

“I thought it was a brilliant exhibition, well researched and well displayed, showing women in Oxford to be right at the heart of the fight. I learned a lot I didn’t know before and I will recommend this to my friends.”

Archive material has gone on display to celebrate the centenary of the Representation of the People Act in 1918, which paved the way for all women getting the vote.

Highlights include a ‘lost banner’, a specially commissioned recreation of a banner used by the Oxford Women’s Suffrage Society in 1908, and a display featuring the perspectives of women 100 years since the vote was won.

Rosie Burke, from the Bodleian Library, said there were 'plenty of opportunities' to see the exhibition, which runs until February.