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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Time for a reshuffle… Playing cards in the collection

By sarah madden, blog editor on 11 May 2015

Card-game-Evacuation

Card games have long been a traditional pastime of Londoners, and as our collection demonstrates, they often serve as a window into a particular period of history. In the spirit of today’s ‘reshuffle’, here are some of the card games and game inspired objects on display or in the archives at the Museum of London.
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#MuseumCats in objects

By sarah madden, blog editor on 30 Jul 2014

anti-suffrage postcards

Today is #MuseumCats Day. ‘What does that mean?’ I hear you ask. Well, it means that museums all over the world are taking to social media to share their own feline inspired collection objects – because who doesn’t love a picture of a cat? From satirical, anti-suffrage cats to ornamental cats, to mummified cats, here’s what we found when we delved into the Museum of London’s collection… Read the full postRead the full post

Walthamstow’s Wonderful Women: An interview with Stella Creasy

By sarah madden, blog editor on 7 Mar 2014
Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow and Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills

Stella Creasy, MP for Walthamstow and Shadow Minister for Business, Innovation and Skills

As the first female MP for Walthamstow and a regular campaigner for equality and women’s rights, Stella Creasy was amazed when she was handed a photograph from the Museum of London’s collection, showing what appeared to be a procession of suffragettes marching down Cedar’s Avenue in E17.

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On This Day 18 April 1913: Suffragettes Capture the Monument

By beverley cook on 18 Apr 2013
Crowds gathered to witness the capture of the Monument by two suffragettes, Miss Spark and Mrs Shaw.

Crowds gathered to witness the capture of the Monument by two suffragettes, Miss Spark and Mrs Shaw.

Whilst Londoners today are all-too-familiar with the intermittent disruption of street demonstrations and protests, 100 years ago the battle between the authorities and militant women demanding the right to vote almost threatened to overwhelm daily life in the capital. Read the full postRead the full post