How suffragette poster art helped women get the vote

By james read, guest blog author on 16 Jul 2015
'The Vote Girl', Suffrage Atelier poster

‘The Vote Girl’, Suffrage Atelier

The fight for female voting rights was a long and difficult one – even once a national campaign began in the 1870s (after a woman was allowed to vote by mistake), it would take another 60 years for all adult women to be allowed to vote. Political posters were used heavily to enlist support at rallies and counteract the negative caricatures of suffragists being used in the press.

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Christina Broom photographs the spectacles of London

By anna sparham on 13 Jul 2015
King George V, Queen Mary and Princess Mary, at a thanksgiving service at Guards Chapel, Armistice Day, 1918  © Museum of London

King George V, Queen Mary and Princess Mary, at a thanksgiving service at Guards Chapel, Armistice Day, 1918 © Museum of London

The London that Christina Broom knew and embraced as she embarked on her ventures with photography in 1903 would profoundly shape her ambitions, subject matter and way of working. Tradition, pageantry and ceremony, in keeping with the era, interweave Broom’s work. This might be deemed fairly conventional. Yet her compositions, approach and the access she determinedly obtained, indicative of this photographer’s strength of character, define and distinguish her images from the work of her contemporaries. Read the full postRead the full post

Christina Broom: The Business of Postcards

By guest on 6 Jul 2015
Christina Broom with her postcards stall at the Women’s War Work Exhibition, 1916

Christina Broom with her postcards stall at the Women’s War Work Exhibition, 1916

Against the leading Edwardian women photographers, Broom’s entrée to postcard production stood out as a unique business venture. She turned to producing picture postcards just as they were becoming a popular cultural phenomenon. Although pre-stamped official government postcards had been available for sending messages in Britain since 1870, the picture postcard offered a product that was original, functional and commercial. Read the full postRead the full post

Christina Broom: Ceremony and Soldiering

By guest on 29 Jun 2015
Life Guards S. Raper, Sidney Crockett and William H. Beckham, 13 September 1915 © Museum of London

Life Guards S. Raper, Sidney Crockett and William H. Beckham, 13 September 1915 © Museum of London

Photography has played an important part in shaping public understanding of the world’s armed forces since the mid-nineteenth century. John McCosh (1805–85), a Scottish surgeon and amateur photographer serving with the East India Company’s Bengal Army, created what are currently believed to be the earliest photographs of British soldiers between 1843 and 1856, a period which included the Second Anglo-Sikh War (1848–9). Elsewhere, an unknown daguerreotypist photographed American troops during the American–Mexican war of 1846–8. Despite the obvious constraints of early technology, both photographers captured the combination of ceremony and soldiering that forms the essence of military life. Read the full postRead the full post

A Riot of Colour: Christina Broom and the Suffragettes

By guest on 22 Jun 2015

Young Suffragettes © Museum of London

Mrs Albert Broom took some of the best photographs of the brave women who campaigned for the vote in London in the years up to the outbreak of the First World War in 1914. One of the earliest of these images in the Museum of London’s collection is of the Suffragettes, members of the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, at their ‘monster’ meeting in Hyde Park on ‘Women’s Sunday’, 21 June 1908. Her last suffrage photograph captures the arrival of the Cumberland suffragists, members of the moderate National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, ‘Women’s Pilgrimage’ to the capital on 26 July 1913.
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An introduction to Christina Broom

By anna sparham on 19 Jun 2015


In 1903, Christina Broom – Mrs Albert Broom, to use her professional name – propelled herself into the field of photography as a business venture to support her family. Rising from self-taught novice to a semi-official photographer for the Household Brigade, she emerged as a pioneer for women press photographers in the UK.

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International Archives Day 2015 #IAD15

By sarah madden, blog editor on 9 Jun 2015

 

Archive Shoebox  (tweet 2)

Archive Shoebox  (tweet 1)

What will you discover within the archive boxes?

 Today is International Archives Day! Though you might not know it, the Museum of London is home to several archives. Each contains a section of our mass of collections – stored for research and future displays. Much of it is stored inside quite plain looking boxes like this one, but looks can be deceiving…
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Friday fish fry: From Billingsgate to WWII whalemeat

By sarah madden, blog editor on 5 Jun 2015
The Super Fried Fish Bar, Soho, at night 1964, taken by Henry Grant

The Super Fried Fish Bar, Soho, at night 1964, taken by Henry Grant

Fridays have traditionally been synonymous with fish, thanks in most part to the Christian tradition of abstaining from meat on Wednesdays and Fridays, but it seems this Friday in particular has been dubbed (on Twitter at least) ‘National Fish and Chip Day’. Well, Londoners love a chippy and as a river city it’s no surprise that there are literally hundreds of fishy objects in the Museum of London’s collection. In a nod to today’s new Fish and Chip Day holiday, here are some of our favourites…

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