Happy Birthday Alice Hawkins – working class suffragette, equalities campaigner and activist

Statue of Alice Hawkins by Sean Hedges-Quinn, unveiling in Leicester, 4 February 2018  We were delighted to announce in February that the Alice Hawkins collection will be shown for the first time ever on public display in our ‘Voice and … Continue reading Happy Birthday Alice Hawkins – working class suffragette, equalities campaigner and activist

Parliamentary Art Collection, Reference Collection

Domestic Servant raids Parliament: The Case of Charlotte Griffiths – Suffragette and Working Woman

In February 1908, the ‘Pantechnicon Raid’ took place on the Houses of Parliament, when suffragettes were delivered to the front door in Pantechnicons, or furniture vans. To mark this 110 years on, we are pleased to publish this guest post … Continue reading Domestic Servant raids Parliament: The Case of Charlotte Griffiths – Suffragette and Working Woman

Ladies Allowed! How women were banned from Central Lobby, and re-admitted 100 years ago

Guest post by Robin Fell In February 1918, The Pall Mall Gazette prominently displayed an item under the headline, LADIES AND THE LOBBY – OLD CONDITIONS TO BE RESTORED. This tells us that, ‘The Speaker announced that he had given instruction that in future ladies, accompanied by members, would be admitted to the Central Lobby, from which they were excluded owing to exceptional circumstances.’  Central Lobby is at the heart of Parliament, midway between the House of Commons and House of Lords: a meeting place for Parliamentarians, and a place for MPs to meet their constituents. So, when and how were … Continue reading Ladies Allowed! How women were banned from Central Lobby, and re-admitted 100 years ago