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...

Exhibitions

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

View our Exhibition Trail leaflet (JPG 3.5MB) to see where some of our material is on loan around London.

At Last! Votes for Women is on tour to the Musuem of Cambridge

15 September to 11 November

LSE Library's exhibition 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. 

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 

 

The Women’s Hall: Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives

29 May – 20 October 2018

The Women’s Hall at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is the first major exhibition about the East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS). The free exhibition explores the ELFS campaign for the vote, their split from the WSPU and their wartime projects, which included a co-operative toy factory, a health clinic, and a nursery in a former pub.

Various photographs from our collections have been scanned in and are on display. We have also loaned the handwritten diary of suffragette Gertrude Setchfield which describes her trips to the East End in 1914 to attend ELFS rallies.

 

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.

Print! Tearing it up: Somerset House

8 June – 22 August 2018

Various copies of Votes for Women and Suffragette have been lent to this exhibition on independent British Magazines and newspapers and their impact on the world.

 

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 

 

Find out more about our suffrage collections.