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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.
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".
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.
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