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SuffrageArts will be taking part in

The Women’s Hall Garden Party, Sunday 14 July 2019, 2 to 5pm, in Victoria Park
We’ll be running a bookstall and a hosting a playreading you can join in with, so see the details below, bring a picnic, if you wish, but please join us near the Victoria Park Bandstand. 
The event will be opened by Helen Pankhurst, the granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, with performances from Nari Chetona, Women Sing East, the Klezmer Klub and Deirdre Cartwright’s Picnic. Mistress of Ceremonies will be Nora Connolly, who many SuffrageArts subscribers will have met through events around the Camden exhibition last year.
You can find more detailed information about the event here.


The plan is to find an appropriate pause in the proceedings, probably between 3 and 4, and invite anyone who wishes to drop in under theSuffrageArts tree, pull up a cushion, grab a script and take part in – or just listen to – the ever-wonderful How the Vote Was Won, the highly accessible and enjoyable 1909 play by Cicely Hamilton and Chris St John, which was one of the much-performed successes of the Actresses Franchise League.
The event is a drop-in, but it would be good to know from some of you in advance that you are hoping or planning to come along, so please RSVP to


LSE Library new online archives catalogue 

Our new online archives catalogue is now available at It includes the catalogue for The Women’s Library archives and museum collections, alongside all our other archives collections. Researchers can choose to focus their search on The Women’s Library collections using the ‘Discrete Collections’ filter in Advanced Search, or to search across the collections in their entirety.
It also features:
·       a streamlined search interface, developed in line with user feedback
·       new guidance on searching the catalogue
·       updated ‘about the catalogue’ information, to make it clearer what the catalogue does and       it doesn’t cover 

Thank you to those Friends who took part in focus groups and user testing as part of the enhancement project.

The Sacred Year 1919: women and the professions
LSE Library’s summer exhibition marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act when women could enter most professions for the first time. Women in law, women in the civil service, in the Church, in the media and the creative arts are considered. The moving images on the screen tell the story of the Junior Council of the London Society of Women’s Service, chaired by Ethel Watts (first woman to be appointed a chartered accountant). Vera Douie and the Women’s Service Library also feature. The exhibition is on until 8 September. More information is here:

There are also some interesting lunchtime talks and legal walking tour coming up in July. More information is here:



A Working Woman: The Remarkable Life of Ray Strachey offers the first full account of this major figure in the Women’s Movement. Challenging earlier interpretations and based on extensive research, it brings to life – often in Ray Strachey’s own lively and forthright comments – the campaigns for female suffrage and for women’s employment. Interweaving Ray’s public roles with her challenging private life on the fringes of the Bloomsbury set, it features a host of well-known personalities, and introduces a new generation of readers to a fascinating though neglected fighter for women’s rights.

Jennifer Holmes book can be purchased from

using the introductory discount code RAY2019 (valid until 30 April) for a 20% discount on the £20 cover price.

Lady Frances front cover copy

– first and definitive biography – a missing key piece in the women’s suffrage jigsaw -
Lady Frances(Deputy Leader of the NUWSS and president of The London Society)
will appeal to readers who want to know more about
this well-connected, astute political adviser and powerful speaker, veiled in modesty to this day.
£5 for hardback edition; NEW; (RRP: £19.99)
Email Irene Cockroft to order your copy while stock lasts at:
Pay and collect at specified Friends of TWL@LSE events as advertised
(cash or cheque made out to Friends of The Women’s Library only please)
If you would like a book dispatched to a UK address, please state address clearly, add £4.50 Post & Packing expense to £5 discounted book price, and mail cheque made out to V. I. Cockroft to
V. Irene Cockroft
New Dawn Books
10 Madrid Rd

Please see below the  Friends of the Women’s Library afternoon talks programme 

Suffrage and Beyond: the afternoon talks programme of the Friends of The Women’s Library at LSE, Autumn 2018 – Spring 2019

  • 17 October 2018, David Doughan, ‘Women’s clubs in Britain 1850-1950’.
  • 14 November 2018, Helen Langley, archivist and historian, ‘A narrative from the archives: the life of journalist and broadcaster Honor Balfour (1912-2001)’.
  • 16 January 2019, Dr Sharon Thompson Senior Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University: ‘Edith Summerskill and the Married Women’s Association: Backstage Revolutionaries of Family Law’. 
  • 13 February 2019, Helen Kay, Edinburgh, ‘Chrystal Macmillan: Woman Suffrage and Beyond’. 
  • 13 March 2019, Dr Jane Grant, ‘A passionate partnership: the life and work of Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence (Work in Progress)’

 Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD

Time: 2. 30pm.

Please meet in the foyer at 2.15

Cost: £3 for Friends of the Women’s Library and £4 for non-members. Cheques made payable to: The Friends of the Women’s Library and sent to: Susan Pares, 86 Crescent Lane, London SW4 9PL

Free to LSE staff and students

All are welcome, but booking is required as space is limited.It will be helpful to have an idea of numbers: replies may be sent to

Non-members are requested to supply an email address if possible in case there is a need for us to contact them. Refreshments will be served.

Information on all LSE’s programmes for the suffrage centenary can be found from now and throughout next year by clicking on this link suffrage18  

Update on the Feminist Library

The Library is now closed to visitors as it prepares for the move, which is expected to take place in Spring 2019. The Feminist Library reached its initial Crowdfunder target of £30,000 thanks to the community’s generous support. The team at Crowdfunder invited the Feminist Library to keep the crowdfunding campaign open to help fully fund the move. There is still an estimated £13,000 to raise for the cost of the move. If you would like to donate you can do so here.

To find out more about the Feminist Library



‘Commemorating SuffraGISTS’

Jill Liddington writes:

I saw the ‘Walking Watling Street’ dance performance in Kendal last year and it really is excellent. It tells the story of the NUWSS 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage down the Watling Street route, from Carlisle, the Lakes & Manchester down to London.  Having been turned down for funding, Jenny Reeves has creatively started a kickstarter page to fund it for another Lakes performance this September.I wonder if other TWL Friends would like to contribute? In the wake of Jane Robinson’s book on the Pilgrimage, plus the Fawcett statue in Parliament Square, it seems a good moment to celebrate the suffragist pilgrims in dance.
Here is the link to the website:


First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long-awaited entry to the legal profession.  What do we actually know about that journey?  How much of that struggle has been recorded?  Where is it recorded?  The ‘First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire’ Symposia seek to unite academics and researchers in this area

and explore the journey of those first women lawyers.

     Millicent Fawcett’s statue

The Fawcett Society has announced the following

We’re proud to reveal Millicent’s statue design for Parliament Square.

Gillian Wearing’s inspirational design will see her in her prime, aged 50 in 1897, the year the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was formed. The statue also commemorates 52 other suffragist campaigners whose images will be engraved on the plinth.

Now we need your help to make it a reality.

The planning application has been submitted, but there is still a risk that this won’t happen if planning permission is not granted. Please write in support, by clicking ‘Support’ and submitting a comment online via the link below. You can write you own comment, or copy and paste the following:

I’m proud to support planning permission for Millicent Fawcett’s statue in Parliament Square. I believe it will be a fitting monument commemorating Millicent and the many other women who fought for the right to vote.


Millicent Fawcett Statue


 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

The EGA Gallery is open to the public and is free. The permanent exhibition focuses on the story of EGA and the entry of women into the medical profession in Britain, in its historical context, and contains other material relating to pioneering women social campaigners and medics. For further information about the EGA Gallery, you can go to the website of EGA for Women, the group which initiated the project. The website includes images of the exhibition space, opening hours and full address: