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Event Category: Talks & Tours
Suffragettes vs the State
The movement for women’s suffrage through the National Archives
Thursday 11 July, 2.30pm – 3.30pm
From the early twentieth-century, militant methods used by the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) created a climate of uncertainty across the country. Acts escalated from cutting telephone wires to arson and the use of explosives. The nature of these campaigns created a logistical struggle for the government, who were unprepared for such tactics.
The National Archives has a world-renowned collection of documents relating to the 20th century women’s suffrage movement; the collection reflects the interests of the government and offers an insight into how it responded to civil disobedience and changes to public opinion.
In this talk Vicky Iglikowski, Principal Records Specialist – Diverse Histories at The National Archive will explore some of campaigning techniques tried by the Suffragettes, including in case studies relating to Suffragette Princess Sophia Duleep Singh.
Ultimately this talk will explore the National Archives’ collection of suffrage documents, showing the lengths suffragettes were willing to go to for the vote and the response from the state.
This event is part of the Festival of Norfolk & Punjab, which takes place 15 June until 3 August across various venues in Norfolk. The Festival is a county wide celebration of the life and achievements of the Duleep Singh family and their contribution to Norfolk. The ‘Duleep Singhs’, the last Royal family of the Punjab were associated with Norfolk for almost a century.