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At Last! Votes for Women

Hosted by the LSE Library

LSE Library Gallery, United Kingdom

At Last! Votes for Women features archive items and objects from the Women's Library collection – including three banners, sashes, badges and much more – to show the campaign methods of the three main groups for women’s suffrage, the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) and the Women’s Freedom League (WFL).

It concentrates on the last (and often bitter) years of the long campaign of the struggle for women's right to vote from 1908 - 1914, with the inclusion of prison diaries and leaflets detailing tactics, such as 'rushing' the House of Commons. 

A Votes for Women banner created by the Women's Freedom League

The exhibition takes the narrative of the fight to vote through to the final years of the First World War when the right for all men and some women was passed in Parliament. With the unveiling of a statue of Millicent Garrett Fawcett - the first woman to have a sculpture in Parliament Square - the archives on display give an insight into her tactful diplomacy and drive to get at least a limited franchise in 1918. It features correspondence between Garrett Fawcett and Emmeline Pankhurst as well as Herbert Asquith and Lloyd George and displays the muted celebration of the vote, held when war was still in progress.

The Director of LSE Library, Nicola Wright welcomes the opportunity that the exhibition offers,

Not only is 2018 an important anniversary – it is also a joyous one with an enormous range of activities marking this significant moment. I am delighted that LSE Library is able to share the wonderful collections of the Women’s Library and help tell the story of how the vote was won.

This is one of a series of ongoing exhibitions hosted by LSE Library which utilise its world class special collections in order to provide food for thought for all. 

The exhibition is held in the library Gallery by the main entrance to the building. It is small enough to explore in a lunchtime, but you can also arrange longer visits for groups that include a tour with the exhibition curator - just get in touch to arrange.

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Entry is free of charge and no booking is required.

The Library Gallery is open from 9am to 7pm Monday to Friday and 11am to 6pm on Saturday and Sunday. 

Tours by the exhibition curator can be organised during normal weekly working hours (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday). Get in contact by email to arrange a tour or learn more about the exhibition. You can also call us on: 020 7955 7229.

You can find further information about this exhibition on the Library website. 

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