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City Women in the 18th Century: an outdoor exhibition in Cheapside 21 September – 18 October 2019b533602e-44d0-4374-ab03-8b47884c2aa3
Women trading in the 18th century City of London is the subject of a free outdoor exhibition this autumn in Cheapside. The exhibition will feature trade cards from the British Museum’s collection, enlarged on display stands in Paternoster Square and along the 700-metre length of Cheapside and Poultry to the Royal Exchange. Views of Cheapside as it appeared two or three centuries ago will enable visitors to imagine the old street in which manufacturing as well as commerce was carried out by women as well as men. Guided walks are planned and will be advertised on the project website at

The exhibition has been curated by Dr Amy Louise Erickson from the University of Cambridge who highlighted the importance of Cheapside for luxury trades in a previous newsletter article which looked at fan-makers and milliners. She now takes a closer look atthe trade cards, and sources held by LMA which complement them, and introduces us to some more 18th century City business women, including Mary and Ann, the sisters of William Hogarth who ran a frock-shop near St Bartholomew’s Hospital and supplied uniforms to pupils at nearby Christ’s Hospital, the bluecoat school.

Subjects and objects of government: women from the 19thto the 21stcentury; the afternoon talks programme of the Friends of The Women’s Library at LSE, Autumn 2019 – Spring 2020

Wednesday 18 September, Billie Fletcher, York University, The Six and a Half Project: an archive zine project designed to give new life to old images and inspire a more artistic generation of Women’s History enthusiasts.

Thursday [please note the day!] 10 October, Dr Arianne Chernock, Boston University: The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women: Queen Victoria and the Women’s Movement

Wednesday 27 November,Dr Alison Ronan, Visiting Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘The Women Who Said Yes’:the 17 women parliamentary candidates of the 1918 General Election.

Wednesday 15 January,Tara Finn, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: ‘A necessary evil?’Prostitution and the armed services in the records of the Association of Moral and Social Hygiene 1915-1945.

Wednesday 12 February, Susan Pares,An Ordinary Feminist Life’: Margaret Pares 1878-1963’.

Wednesday 18 March,a late International Women’s Day special - Versailles 1919: the return of the Dangerous Women, Produced by Charlotte Bill and the Clapham Film Unit(and starring Dr Jane Grant as Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence!) It will be introduced by Dr Alison Ronan.

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

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.

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:

Friends may like to hear how a women’s group formed spontaneously in Battersea to celebrate the 2018 centenary found many original ways to do so.

On 6 February, the day the representation of the People Act became law, Wandsworth Radio aired a play about Sylvia Pankhurst by Lesley Strachanits Arts Editor  (

On 8 March, Jeanne Rathbone, historian and Humanist celebrant, marked International Women’s Day with a talk at St Mary’s Church, Church Road, Battersea Church Road SW11 3EN, looking at several of Battersea’s significant women.

On 15 April, Jeanne Rathbone led a walk – twice repeated in June and September due to demand – featuring 9 Significant Women of Lavender Hill.  Starting at Battersea Town Hall, the site of Elm House, home of Jeanie Nassau Senior,first woman civil servant, the others were: Charlotte Despard,suffragette, socialist, parliamentary candidate 1918 ; Caroline Ganley,MP 1945-1951, who was commemorated with a Battersea Society blue plaque on her home in 5 Thirsk Road SW11; Marie Spartali,1844-1927 Pre-Raphaelite artist who lived at The Shrubbery Lavender Gardens; Deaconess Isabella Gilmore,1842-1923 (sister of William Morris) Clapham Common Northside; Biddy,1871-1966 socialist/feminist andElsa Lanchester, 1902-1986, Hollywood actress who lived at 27 Leathwaite Road; Laura Barker,1819-1905, composer, Lavender Sweep House; Pamela Hansford Johnson CBE, novelist, 1912-1971 who lived at 53 Battersea Rise.










image4For the processions on 10 June Battersea produced and marched with one inspired by Charlotte Despard.  On 15 June, Charlotte Despard’s birthday was celebrated outside the US Embassy – it was the site of Despard House 2 Currie Street which was bequeathed to Battersea Council in 1922. This is part of the campaign to have a statue of Charlotte Despard in Nine Elms, as she is the only only one of the widowed suffrage leaders not to have one since Dame Millicent Fawcett was honoured – although that took a hundred years!
On 30 Junethe weekend of national commemoration, EqualiTeawas held at The Venue Battersea Park Road SW11, sponsored by Wandsworth Radio and featuring the banner produced for the Processions, poetry, music singing March of the Women etc, dance by Elders of Katherine Low Settlement, cut-outs of Charlotte and Caroline Ganley made by Men in Sheds, and interviews with reminiscences of suffragettes by descendants.

Wandsworth Radio has produced a documentary on Charlotte Despard which you can find online:

The Battersea Society has unveiled a commemorative plaque to Caroline Ganley CBE one of the first working class women with elementary education to become an MP in 1945. She was also the first woman President of London Coop. There is now a booklet on her by Sue Demon,t Secretary of the Battersea Society.

On 14 December a plaque to Charlotte Despard was unveiled at Battersea Labour Party HQ, by Marsha De Cordova Battersea MP, with guest speaker Polly Toynbee.


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: