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Suffragettes: Deeds not words

  • Jul 20, 2014 · 12:30 PM
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Join us for a trip back in time at this exhibition followed by lunch at a nearby restaurant. This showcase display looks back one century, to the spring and summer of 1914, when militant suffragettes staged their final violent protests in favour of votes for women and specifically against the imprisonment and inhumane treatment of women as part of the government’s Cat and Mouse Act of 1913. Amongst other targets, certain suffragettes chose to attack paintings in public galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery. This display will focus on the protagonists of the attacks and the reaction of the police, the press and the National Portrait Gallery itself to their actions.

The women who perpetrated the attacks at the Galleries were affiliated to the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Founded in Manchester in1903 by Emmeline Pankhurst, the aim of the WSPU was to secure the right to vote for women in the United Kingdom by any means. With the motto ‘Deeds not Words’, it pioneered a campaign of civil disobedience and vandalism. The attacks ceased at the outbreak of the First World War, when the suffragettes agreed a truce in favour of the war effort.

The display includes photographs of Emmeline Pankhurst and Mary Richardson, notorious for attacking the ‘Rokeby Venus’ by Diego Velasquez at the National Gallery. It also includes original documents from the Gallery’s archive, and surveillance photographs showing a number of Suffragettes which were issued to the Gallery by the Criminal Record Bureau in 1914.

Details of where we will be meeting will be emailed the day before the event.

Hope you are able to join us.

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  • Mrs D

    Hi, I am at the top of the steps behind the blue creature

    July 20, 2014

  • Flo G.

    Hi, I can't make it on this occasion. But if others in this group want to see this exhibition in a couple of weeks' time, please put the meet up on again. Hope you enjoy it.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Mrs D

    Hi, let's meet by the big blue cockerel in Trafalgar Square so it's easy to find each other. See you at 12.30 tomorrow.

    July 19, 2014

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