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Item of the Month – March 2013

Archive item of the month

Women’s Social & Political Union Annual Reports

The archive holds several editions of the W.S.P.U. annual reports. The reports contain a wealth of detail on how the W.S.P.U. was run: its campaigns; its successes; its failures, and the depth of its organisation across the country as a whole. The language of the reports can now seem very much of its time – for instance its list of branches in London is under the title “The Metropolis”. There is also the sense that the W.S.P.U. was an efficient and well run campaign group from the report’s highly detailed lists of subscribers, sums of money paid and the expenditure on the various aspects of the campaign for women’s suffrage.

The archive holds a variety of material relating to women including newspapers on microfilm, pamphlets, papers of the Women’s Labour League (1906-1918), Labour Woman – magazine of the Women’s Labour League (1918-1971) and there are a number of books relating to women’s suffrage in our reference library in the study centre.