Beverley Cook

Curator, Votes for Women

7 June 2018

The Road to Equality: revealing new Suffragette objects

Previously unseen Suffragette objects have been put online for the first time in a joint project between Google Arts & Culture and the Museum of London.

The Museum of London, in partnership with Google Arts and Culture, is commemorating one hundred years of women voting in Britain with the "Road to Equality" project. Our Suffragette collection is an unparalleled resource on the militant struggle for Votes for Women. For the first time, we're making available high-quality images of hundreds of objects, from banners and scrapbooks to photographs and tea sets. These high-resolution pictures will let people around the world learn about the brave women who fought for female equality.

Banner of the WSPU Writer's Union.

Banner for the Women's Writers Union

The museum’s collection, the majority of which was donated by ex-Suffragette prisoners, provides a unique insight into the lives of those who were prepared to risk arrest and imprisonment for the cause. The project has enabled us to digitise and make available for the first time entire scrapbooks compiled by Suffragettes. Hundreds of pages showing press clippings, personal correspondence and photographs reveal the life of the Suffragettes.

The scrapbooks include that of the convicted arsonist Kitty Marion, who saved newspaper articles documenting the crimes she committed in support of "Votes for Women".

Scrapbook of Suffragette Kitty Marion.

Kitty Marion's scrapbook

On display in Google Votes for Women

The images available range across poster art published by groups like the Suffrage Atelier, to misogynistic postcards sent to Suffragette campaigners. We have official letters sent from the headquarters of the Women's Social Political Union, printed in their characteristic purple and green ink, and undercover police surveillance images secretly taken in Holloway prison yard.

On display in the Google Suffragette banner.

Banner of National Union W.S.S.

Reading "Not Militant".

You can view our objects online, read exhibits about the most important elements of the Suffragette cause, and see work from twenty other partners in the Road to Equality project or on our Google Arts & Culture page.