The Bristol Suffragettes

The Bristol Suffragettes

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In 1907 suffragette Annie Kenney brought the militants' fight for women's right to vote to Bristol. For the next few years the city rang with the cry "Votes for Women!" From colourful demonstrations on the Downs and stone-throwing in the Centre, to riot on Queen's Road and arson in the suburbs, Lucienne Boyce tells the fascinating story of Bristol's suffragette years. The book includes a short walk in the Bristol of the suffragettes.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 112 pages
  • 170 x 244 x 7mm | 344g
  • Bristol, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black and white, and colour photos
  • 178132106X
  • 9781781321065
  • 2,124,161

Table of contents

9 Introduction 10 Bristol and the Suffragettes 12 The Women's Social and Political Union 16 The Suffragettes Come to Bristol 22 A Liberal City 24 Campaigning in Bristol 29 Stone-Throwing and Starvation 33 Militancy in Bristol 36 Criticism of the WSPU 39 Truce, Pageants and Plays 42 Resisting the Government: Tax and Census 43 Birrell Takes to His Bed 45 Hobhouse Lights a Fuse 47 The Argument of the Stone 50 Bristol and the Women's Revolution 60 The Woman-Torturing Coalition Government 62 Bristol's Churches 64 Deputation to the King 65 Suffragettes and Pacifists 66 At Last! 67 Some Bristol Suffragettes 81 A Walk with the Bristol Suffragettes map between pages 90 and 91 91 A Women's Suffrage Timeline 97 Note on Sources and Further Reading 100 Acknowledgements and Picture Credits 101 Bristol Suffragette Project 102 Endnotes 105 Index
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"...incidents in the struggle for women's suffrage between 1907 and 1918...have been well researched and clearly recorded in this approachable and fully illustrated book. Lucienne Boyce has contextualised the Bristol campaign against wider events as they unfolded nationally, and provided short biographies of all the key figures. The only notable commemorative sign of the Bristol campaign now is the blue plaque on Annie Kenney's house in Clifton, but this book includes a fold-out Suffragette walking tour of the city which draws this and other important sites together. The whole volume is attractively designed and comprehensively illustrated with archive photographs. Highly recommended." (Steve Poole, The Regional Historian, Summer 2013) // ' excellent book..."The Bristol Suffragettes" by Lucienne Boyce is a clear and readable account of the national and local struggle. It also includes a walk, with map, around some places in Bristol connected with suffragette history.' (Eugene Byrne, Bristol Times) // '"The Bristol Suffragettes" is a very nicely put together and accessible book...It also includes a foldout map offering a walk around the Clifton area to take in some of the buildings of suffragette significance, as well as lots of appendices with timelines, biographies and further reading suggestions. A very neat resource.' - // 'Packed with detail, photos and research, this is also an outstanding example of book production with a generous use of white space, pleasing layout, good quality paper (so that even old photos look crisp) and a fold out map of the walk...When the average paperback retails at GBP8 this is exceptionally good value at GBP11.99.' - // 'Both comprehensive and immensely readable. It would be a terrific resource for anyone studying the subject at any level. The general reader - especially if they know the Bristol area or are planning a visit - will enjoy the storytelling, the photographs (so well presented on top quality paper) and the guided walk included in the back, offering the opportunity to follow the suffragettes on a walk around the city.' - Suzie Gorgan, presenter on 10Radio
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About Lucienne Boyce

Lucienne Boyce was brought up in the Midlands and now lives in Bristol, which is the inspiration and setting for much of her writing. Until a few years ago she had no idea that suffragettes were so active in the city. Then, while rummaging in the Corn Exchange market, she came across a photograph of a group of women standing under a Women's Suffrage banner. She's been researching and writing about the Bristol suffragettes ever since, and has set up a Bristol Suffragette Project website at
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