At the heart of Redbridge Museum is a unique collection of over 7000 objects, oral history and film. Once a week we will be selecting one object from Redbridge Museum’s collection to share with you online. Next month on the Thursday 22 May Local and European Parliamentary Elections will take place across the country.
Eligible Redbridge residents will exercise their right to vote at polling stations around the Borough to elect a Member of Parliament to represent them in the House of Commons and European Parliament.
Next month will also mark the 132nd birthday of Woodford resident (from 1924 to 1956) Sylvia Pankhurst. Sylvia was best known as a ‘Suffragette’ who campaigned for the right for women to be able to vote. Sylvia and other members of the group were repeatedly imprisoned for they protests.
Women finally won equal voting rights in 1928 after the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 was passed giving women the same voting rights as men.
This week our object of the week is a set of badges, kindly on loan from the Museum of London. Pieces like these were produced by the Suffragettes to help promote their campaign for women’s rights to vote.
To find out more about Sylvia Pankhurst’s visit our display A Campaigner’s Story at Redbridge Museum, or view details of our past exhibition ‘Celebrating Sylvia Pankhurst’ here
Remember If you are not registered to vote this year you have until Tuesday 6 May 2014 for the Electoral Registration Team to receive your signed and completed form.
Redbridge Museum is open Tuesday to Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-4pm
Name – Badges
Associated Dates – 1900s
On loan from – Museum of London
Location– On display, Redbridge Museum 2nd Floor, Redbridge Central Library, IG1 1EA
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Post Author: A Deo