New Web-Resource – British women’s struggle for the vote

New online collection tells story of British women’s struggle for the vote
A unique collection relating to British women’s fight for the vote 100 years ago
has been revealed online today through the Visual Arts Data Service (VADS)

The digitised material represents a selection of the vast collections housed at
The Women’s Library at London Metropolitan University, and includes posters,
photographs, postcards, badges, and other memorabilia relating to the British
suffrage movement.

Particularly remarkable and moving items from the online collection include a
photograph of a crowd attacking suffragettes, and the purse that was held by
Emily Wilding Davison at the Epsom Derby in 1913, when she stepped in front of
the horse of King George V, which resulted in her death four days later.

The Women’s Library is the oldest and largest collection of women’s history in
the UK and was founded in 1926 as the Library of the London Society for Women’s
Service, a non-militant organisation led by leading suffragist, Millicent
Fawcett. It is now held by the London Metropolitan University and is an
internationally acclaimed specialist library, archive, and museum with
collections that have broadened since its inception to include a wide range of
subjects which focus on the lives of women in Britain. The collection now
consists of 60,000 books and pamphlets, 3500 periodical titles, over 450
archives, and 5000 museum objects.

The collection of valuable documents, from the Women’s Library and the
Parliamentary Archives, which tell the story of the women’s suffrage movement
has also recently been selected as one of twenty collections to represent the
outstanding heritage of the United Kingdom on the UNESCO UK Memory of the World
Register <>.

The online selection provides a taster of these extensive collections, and adds
to the national repository of over 120,000 digitised images available through
VADS from a range of collections across the UK. In particular, this latest
addition complements the existing online collection of Women’s Library Suffrage
Banners, which includes almost 250 banners and associated artworks which have
been made available online for free use in education and research.

To view the new Women’s Library Suffrage Collection, see:

To view the Women’s Library Suffrage Banners, see:

For those of you who wish to publish these, or other images from The Women’s
Library collections please contact our partner, Mary Evans Picture Library (or this link for TWL’s page

Some of you may also be interested to know you can now order framed pints or
even jigsaws from some of our collections from Mary Evans!