Suffragettes vs. the State
Now open | Free entry
We are delighted to announce that, following a major refit, our Keeper’s Gallery has re-opened with a new exhibition for 2018.
Suffragettes vs. the State explores the militant side of the 20th century women’s suffrage movement.
From window smashing campaigns to force feeding, public rallies to police surveillance and criminal trials, discover the journey to universal suffrage through the original documents, photographs and records in our collection.
The Suffragettes, members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), campaigned for women to be allowed the vote in parliamentary elections. Frustrated that decades of peaceful lobbying by other suffrage societies had not achieved this goal, their actions took a militant turn. Our records show the lengths Suffragettes were willing to go to and the response from the State.
This new exhibition, part of our year-long Suffrage 100 programme of events and exhibitions, marks the centenary of some women being allowed to vote for the first time.
Suffragettes vs. the State will run until Friday 26 October and entry is free.
Tours of the Keeper’s Gallery
Come along to one of the free, 30-minute guided tours of the exhibition, held in the Keeper’s Gallery on the following dates:
- Tuesday 3 July, 14:00
- Tuesday 17 July, 14:00
- Thursday 2 August, 15:15
- Tuesday 21 August, 14:00
- Tuesday 4 September, 14:00
- Tuesday 18 September, 15:15
- Tuesday 10 July, 15:00
- Thursday 9 August, 15:00
- Tuesday 11 September, 15:00
Suffrage 100 portal
Visit our Suffrage 100 web portal for more information on events, records and resources.
Working women’s deputation
St Paul’s bomb
Evelyn Manesta’s surveillance photographs
First women’s lavatories in Parliament
Home Office Suffragette index
Emily Wilding Davison census protest