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.
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.
Tours are available on request. Email us to arrange a tour.
Related events and activities
Check our Suffrage 18 celebration page for details of the various events and activities we are putting on related to this exhibition.
Opening times and visiting
From 23 April to 31 August 2018:
- Monday to Friday: 9am – 7pm
- Saturday and Sunday: 11am – 6pm
The Gallery and exhibition are small enough to get around over a lunchtime, so why not make a visit?
LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD
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For further information, contact the team marking your email for the attention of Gillian Murphy.