A group of suffrage supporting women riding in a caravan being drawn by a horse

Suffrage on tour

Sharing our unique and distinctive collections with the world

In this centenary year our collection of material related to the suffrage campaign is out on loan all over Britain. Some of our iconic suffrage related objects and images may well be in an exhibition near you...


A suffrage tea set - cup, saucer and teapot
Women's Social and Political Union Tea Service, 1909, on loan to the Tate.

Suffrage! Education, Activism and Votes for Women

The provision of women’s education provides a unique insight into the campaign for Suffrage. Archival material from Royal Holloway and Bedford New College charts the reception of both Suffrage and the Suffragettes in the Colleges and beyond. Loans from The Women’s Library at LSE, including hunger strike medals and sashes, position the College material in the wider context of the campaign for women’s rights.

Davison Building, Royal Holloway, University of London 14 January – 17 March 2018 


Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield

Bolt cutters from Greenham Common and postcards depicting suffragettes are on display in this exhibition ‘exploring Sheffield’s remarkable history of protest and activism.’

Weston Park Museum, Sheffield, 6 February – 1 July 2018


Moments of Being: An exhibition based on the writings of Virginia Woolf

The Women’s Political and Social Union tea service (1909), with the distinctive emblem designed by Sylvia Pankhurst, is on loan to this exhibition exploring ‘feminist perspectives on landscape, domesticity and identity in modern and contemporary art’. Also on loan from us is a suffragette board game, postcards by Mary Lowndes and a letter from Ray Strachey to Virginia Woolf.

Touring exhibition: Tate St Ives 10 Feb – 29 April 2018; Pallant House in Chichester 26 May – 16 September; Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge 2 October – 9 December

A suffrage scarf draped on a model and laid flat.
Collage image of a suffrage scarf on loan at the V&A.

The Future Starts Here: Exploring the power of design in shaping the world of tomorrow 

A silk scarf, with white background with border of green and purple stripes, produced by the Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) is on display as one of 100 objects in an exhibition ‘as a landscape of possibilities for the near future’.

V&A, 12 May – 4 November 2018 


Eloise Chapman, Women and Democracy in Oxfordshire

Copy of shield design Oxford, Berks and Bucks Federation banner in an exhibition celebrating the local women’s suffrage movement in Oxfordshire.

Oxfordshire Museum, 4 June – 4 October 2018 


A map of the suffrage pilgrimage
Women's Suffrage Pilgrimage map, 1913.

Voice & Vote. Women’s Place in Parliament 

Some of our most important items relating to female suffrage go on display in ‘this landmark public exhibition telling the story of women, the vote and Parliament. It will cover the contribution and impact of women on Parliament over the last 200 years.’

Objects include the 1866 Petition calling for female suffrage, notice of the formation of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), a Suffrage Pilgrimage map and NUWSS tree pamphlet.

Westminster Hall, 27 June – 6 October 2018 


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