A Stone’s Throw from Westminster: Suffragettes and Other Feminists in Camden

An exhibition at Camden Local Studies and Archives Centre



14 June – 28 September 2018 

Holborn Library, 32 Theobald’s Road London WC1X 8PA

curated by SuffrageArts


Come celebrate the leading role in history played by Camden's suffrage activists and campaigners for women's education and access to the professions, as part of our Camden Vox programme; featuring material from Camden Archives, banners from across London, and unique items loaned by relatives of radical women and men who fought for equal opportunity for us.


Exploring the contribution of suffrage activists based in Camden to the campaign for the right to vote, this exhibition sets its history in the larger context of the struggle for women’s rights: from the militancy of the WSPU based in Kingsway to the law-abiding activism of Millicent Fawcett in Gower St. From the 1912 Women’s March in Edinburgh that entered London at Camden Town to the suffragette who raced a stolen fire engine down Tottenham Court Rd and tracing the contribution of those actresses and writers who wrote and performed suffrage plays, along with the Slade-trained artists who designed banners and posters for the vote. Also included are displays marking 100 years of women in the law and the history of the female-run Endell St military hospital in WW1. The exhibition situates the suffrage movement within the earlier campaign for women’s education and later feminist struggles in the borough.



The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of exciting talks, discussions, workshops and playreadings.

Click here for the upcoming banner making workshops on 7th and 9th June and a march on 10th!
Click here for the upcoming EqualiTeas event on 28th June at Camden Local Studies and Archives!


Exhibition co-curators: V. Irene Cockroft & Dr Susan Croft

To get involved or to donate to make it happen please email suffragearts@gmail.com 


Camden is a special place in the history of feminism. Historically it was where Mary Wollstonecraft lived  while she wrote A Vindication of the Rights of Women (in Store St); in the 1970s it was the centre of many consciousness-raising groups at the heart of Second Wave feminism and the location of experiments in making new communities, many of them challenging traditional gender divisions. Today it remain a radical borough.

But between those two there was the Suffrage Movement

Here too, Camden was a key location.
The movement was part of a larger struggle to enlarge women’s sphere and access to education, work and power over their lives.

For more information about the exhibition please visit www.camden.gov.uk/localstudies and http://www.thesuffragettes.org/home/art-tea-talk-suffragettes-equaliteas-party/

For information on the wider EqualiTeas programme visit: https://equaliteas.org.uk/event/art-talk-and-tea-with-the-suffragettes/


OPENING HOURS: The core exhibition on 2nd floor of Library - Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre - will be open Mon and Tues 10am-6pm, Wed closed, Thu 10am-7pm, Fri 10am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm alternate weeks. In the second half of 2018 the Saturdays open are: 7 Jul, 21 Jul, 4 Aug, 18 Aug, 1 Sept, 15 Sept, 29 Sept (exhibition ends). For study, Saturday opening continues on 13 Oct, 27 Oct, 10 Nov, 24 Nov, 8 Dec, 22 Dec.

Tel: 020 7974 3860; web: www.camden.gov.uk/localstudies; view location map


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