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The March of the Women: suffrage material held in Surrey museums

As part of the March of the Women project an audit has been undertaken of the resources held at partner museums across the county and Watts Gallery.

The audit aims to enhance the museum item record with any additional information and use Exploring Surrey’s Past website as a digital platform to share and collate this within the county. It is hoped that this will enable greater use and knowledge of the suffrage related items in Surrey’s museums, give them wider public visibility, increase their online presence and access for researchers, and possibly provide extra research from members of the public.

Read more about preparation for the museums suffrage audit in The March of the Women project blog https://www.exploringsurreyspast.org.uk/suffrage-and-the-museums/

Details of the Suffrage related items held at each partner location can be searched through the pdfs ( PDF ) attached to each partner’s dedicated page.

Bourne Hall Museum has a collection that includes the following:

Papers, photographs and published documents relating to both the pro and anti-suffrage movement.
Personal papers for key pro and anti-suffrage campainers including the Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison.

Click here to find out more about the suffrage items held at Bourne Hall Museum.

Chertsey Museum has a collection that includes the following:

The Olive Matthews Collection which includes a pair of suffragette embroidered stockings that can be viewed on request.

Click here to find out more about the suffrage items held at Chertsey Museum.

Godalming Museum has a collection that includes the following:

A small display celebrating landscape gardener and suffragist Gertrude Jekyll, including the banner she designed for the Godalming branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.

Click here to find out more about the suffrage items held at Godalming Museum.

Haslemere Educational Museum has a collection that includes the following:

Glass plate negatives and newspaper cuttings.

Click here to find out more about the suffrage items held at Haslemere Educational Museum.

Watts Gallery: Artist Village has a collection that includes the following:

An archive including the diaries of Mary Watts prior to her involvement in the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, and pieces of her pottery, including statues of Joan of Arc.

Click here to find out more about the suffrage items held at Watts Gallery: Artist Village.

Surrey History Centre holds a number of suffrage related collections including:

  • Papers of Dorothy Hunter (1881-1977) and Thomas Cecil (1859-1940)
  • Copy newscuttings relating to Noeline Baker MBE (1878-1958)
  • Reigate, Redhill and District Society for Women’s Suffrage scrapbook
  • Surrey Constabulary reports of suffragette activity.

Click here to see more about the sources held at Surrey History Centre and elsewhere.

You can search for archives relating to suffragettes in Surrey using Exploring Surrey’s Past and Surrey History Centre’s Collections Catalogue. Search using the terms ‘suffrag*’, ‘suffragette’ or ‘suffrage’ to show a broad range of results.

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