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East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth

East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth

Mrs Schlette distributing milk to children. Norah Smyth 1914

2 November - 16 February 2019

This first-ever exhibition brings Norah Smyth's original photographs back to East London 100 years after they were taken. 

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These photographs provide a remarkable document of Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London Federation of the Suffragettes during the First World War, an extraordinary moment in women’s social history. They are generously loaned by the International Institute of Social History.


Watch a short film about the exhibition 


Exhibition talks & events 2019:

Thurs 14 February: final late night opening. Swap red roses for women's rights this Valentines at our last exhibition event. 

Thurs 7 February: The Suffrage photographs of Christina Broom, 1908-1913.  Talk by Beverley Cook, Curator, Social & Working History, Museum of London. 

Sat 2 February: East London Suffragettes local history walk in the steps of Sylvia Pankhurst, Norah Smyth and the East End suffragettes. 

Thurs 24 January: The photography of Norah Smyth and suffragette portraiture. Discussion with Helen Trompeteler, George Mind and Carla Mitchell. 

Weds 16 January: Sylvia, the other Pankhurst.  Helen Pankhurst talks about her grandmother Sylvia's role in East London during WW1, fight against fascism and her support for Ethiopian Independence.


This Four Corners curated exhibition is part of The Women's Hall, celebrating the history of the East London Federation of Suffragettes, and the centenary of some British women first winning the right to vote. Partners are Tower Hamlets Local History Library & ArchivesEast End Women’s Museum and Alternative Arts with Women’s History Month in East London and Photomonth.  This project is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.


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