Next year marks 100 years since some women were allowed to vote in parliamentary elections and 90 years since women got the vote on equal terms to men. To mark these important anniversaries we are planning an exciting programme of events and activities that will span the whole of 2018.
In preparation, over the last several months my colleagues and I have been scoping over 200 women’s suffrage-related records held at The National Archives. Taking this time to look at the records in depth has been fascinating and has allowed us to draw out some of the key themes of the collection.
We already knew that The National Archives has a world renowned collection of documents relating to the 20th century part of the women’s suffrage movement. We also already knew that our records offer a unique perspective on the suffrage movement through the eyes of the UK Government; particularly from departments that were tasked with managing the response to the women’s suffrage campaigns.
However, our detailed record scoping highlighted some other particularly important points on the collection. Continue reading »