July 28, 2015

Many years ago, I  found an amazing album of Suffragette photographs and to my astonishment I saw a fearless women staring strongly into the camera, sitting in a rather fragile-looking wheel chair. I have often wondered if I could have been brave enough to join the suf...

July 1, 2015

There are many unsung heroes and heroines of the Suffrage movement and this article tells the unusual story of the Blathwayt family from Batheaston in Somerset.

Linley Blathwayt, a retired British army Colonel, his wife Emily and daughter Mary held progressive political...

May 28, 2015

Vera ‘Jack’ Holme is one of those remarkable, ‘larger than life’ women who populated the Women’s Suffrage movement in Edwardian Britain and is one of my favourite Suffragettes.  She was born in Lancashire in 1881, with a talent for singing, acting and playing the violi...

May 12, 2015

I have already written about Anti-Suffragette imagery in postcards but the Suffragette movement were determined to fight back with positive images. The Suffrage leaders recognised the importance of visual imagery to reach potential supporters and set about challenging...

May 5, 2015

Panko is a beautifully illustrated card game and I think it is one of the most interesting artefacts from the Suffragette era. It was sold by the militant Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) as a marketing tool and to raise funds for the cause.

 It was marketed as...

April 22, 2015

 

In 1913, the struggle for women’s right to vote was at its height and many suffragettes who had been sent to prison for acts of protest, were going on hunger strike. The Prison authorities with the backing of the Liberal Government had started force feeding the suffra...

April 17, 2015

I started collecting suffragette postcards a few years ago and I now have a small collection of about fifty original postcards. The price of any memorabilia related to the suffrage movement has soared in the last decade as more and more people are discovering the rich...

April 1, 2015

 

One of the most interesting things about the Suffragette campaign was the strong passions that it aroused on both sides of the debate and theese often militant feelings are reflected in the postcards that were available at the time.

 

Postcards had only been introduced...

March 31, 2015

Many Suffragette images are immediately recognisable by the colours of purple, white and green. But why and when were these colours introduced?

 

In the spring of 1908, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) were planning for a huge march and demonstration in Lond...

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