National Trust brings to life the history of the suffragette movement in London
Suffragette City marks the centenary of the 1918 Act which gave some women the right to vote for the first time. It tells the particular story of the Suffragettes in London, as found in the files of The National Archives. This short publication focuses on the places in which suffragette activity actually happened, in order to explore the connection of people, place, and politics. Research undertaken at The National Archives has uncovered unique stories about the people involved in the fight for women’s suffrage.
The publication explores the indoor and outdoor, private and public spaces that the suffragettes used to wage their campaign. Sites explored include the London headquarters of the Womens Social and Political Union (WSPU), the London Pavilion, where rallies were held and speeches given, the East End and the window smashing campaigns in central London, printers workshops and a chemist’s laboratory – and the dire consequences of this action; imprisonment. Charting public as well as personal stories, the publication accompanies the project in March 2018 to tell the story of suffragette Lillian Ball, and the complex series of decisions and sacrifices she had to make in her support of the cause.
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