The suffragettes of Camden.

We’ve heard news of an exhibition to be held in Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre from 14th June that will interest many of you.  “A Stone’s Throw from Westminster: Suffragettes and Other Feminists in Camden.”  is being curated by Dr Susan Croft and Irene Cockroft of Unfinished Histories.

It explores the contribution of suffrage activists based in Camden,  setting that history in the larger context of the struggle for women’s rights – from the militancy of the WSPU based in Kingsway to the law-abiding activism of Millicent Fawcett in Gower Street; from the 1912 Women’s March in Edinburgh that entered London at Camden Town to the suffragette who raced a stolen fire engine down Tottenham Court Road.

The exhibition will trace the contribution of those actresses and writers who wrote and performed suffrage plays, along with the Slade-trained artists who designed banners and posters for the vote. Also included will be displays marking 100 years of women in the law and the history of the female-run Endell Street military hospital in World War One. The exhibition will situate the suffrage movement within the earlier campaign for women’s education and later feminist struggles in the borough. It will be accompanied by a series of talks, discussions, workshops and play readings.

All this fits very well with the forthcoming unveiling of an MA plaque to Emmeline, Sylvia and Christabel Pankhurst, who lived at 8 Russell Square prior to the house being demolished to make way for the Hotel Russell.

We also allude to The Minerva Club at 28 Brunswick Square in ‘Tales of Brunswick Square – Bloomsbury’s Untold Past’, which was home to the Women’s Freedom League in 1907-61, a ‘break-away’ group from the Women’s Social and Political Union.

 The curators are seeking funding to help make the exhibition happen and would be very grateful for any donations to assist. These can be made at https://www.youcaring.com/unfinishedhistories-1090383

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