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Christabel Pankhurst

Christabel Pankhurst

The Pankhurst family was full of activists. In researching the suffrage movement in England, you are bound to come across Christabel Pankhurst and her mother, Emmeline. As part of her activities in the name of women’s right to vote, Christabel was the editor of the newspaper The Suffragette.     Subscribe today and discover more stories on the suffrage movement    

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Maud Arncliff-Sennett – A militant suffragette

Alice Maud Mary Arncliffe-Sennett was an energetic militant suffragette, determined to fight for women’s suffrage even if that meant getting arrested and going against prominent leaders such as Emmeline Pankhurst and Milicent Fawcett.  Through the newspapers, we can find details about Arncliffe-Sennett’s life, career, and activism. Alice, or Maud as she was often called, lived in London and worked as an actress.  Her stage name was Mary Kingsley.  Here is a review by The Era of her performance as Lady MacBeth in ‘that

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Anna Garvey Kelly – an Irish Suffragette

This year, in recognition of the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, we will showcase the lives and activities of women involved in the Suffrage movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Despite making headlines for their activities many of these women are now forgotten. In this blog post we will revive the memory of Irish Suffragette, Anna Garvey Kelly, whose support of the cause of Suffrage saw her spend a month in Holloway prison

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Grace Hodsdon Boutelle – An American Suffragette in London

Grace Boutelle was an American activist involved in the suffrage movement in England. For a time, Boutelle resided in England and, in her efforts to support the movement, was arrested alongside her fellow activists. Explore findings from our English newspapers and, from our sister-site Findmypast, newspapers from the United States. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can also make an image full-screen,

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Annie Kenney

Annie Kenney gained attention in her work for the suffrage movement in 1905 following her arrest for assault and obstruction during a rally in Manchester. Kenney would become one of the leading figures in the Woman’s Social and Political Union and face imprisonment multiple times during her activist career fighting for the right to vote. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can

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Daisy Solomon

Suffragette Daisy Solomon appeared in several articles found in The British Newspaper Archive. Solomon was the daughter of Saul Solomon, a former representative of Cape Town, and Georgiana Solomon (née Thomson), who was also a suffragette. Mother and daughter were both arrested numerous times during their efforts to gain the right to vote in the United Kingdom. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you

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Agness Olive Beamish

Agness Olive Beamish was an English Suffragette. Historic newspapers are rich with details on the suffrage movement. We’ve pulled pieces that mention Beamish from The British Newspaper Archive. It is worth mentioning for searching purposes that Beamish often went by Olive instead of Agness. Click on an image below to enlarge then use the arrows to move image by image throughout the collection. In the image viewer, you can also make an image full-screen, view the images as a slideshow

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Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst

One name that you will doubtless encounter if you’ve spent any time researching the suffrage movement in England is Pankhurst. Emmeline and her daughters were actively engaged in the work, with Emmeline and, later, her eldest daughter, Christabel, leading the Women’s Social and Political Union. Click on the next arrow to scroll through eleven images featuring one of the most famous suffragettes in history. Subscribe today and discover more stories on the suffrage movement    

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Suffragette Newspapers

This year, 2018, is the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.  The Act which gave propertied women over the age of thirty, and all men over the age of twenty-one, the right to vote.  Over the course of 2018 we aim to digitise several suffragette and women’s newspapers.  These papers will allow us to explore the suffrage movement, and the social sphere of the women who campaigned for the right to vote. We are delighted

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