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Suffragettes as public historians

2012 March 17
emmeline pankhurst statue

Statue of Emmeline Pankhurst by A.G.Walker adjacent to Houses of Parliament


Public History & Popular Memory. Issues in the commemoration of the British militant suffrage movement

This article argues that British militant suffrage feminists had a strong sense of their role in history. Once the vote was finally won militants became the first public historians of their own suffrage history by collecting ‘relics’ of the campaign and commemorating suffrage events. The work of curators especially at the Museum of London and the National Library of Australia also facilitated access to the movement’s ephemera. Subsequent generations have ‘remembered’ suffrage in different ways including depiction in fiction, film, local histories and the physical landscape. ( Another  article comparing Australian and British suffrage commemoration also discusses the work of ‘constitutionalist’ suffrage feminists.)

To read the  article  on public history and popular memory click  here: H Kean Women’s History Review 2005

To read the article comparing Australian and British suffrage commemorations click here: suffrage article PHR rev iew



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