Press Release: Findmypast Publish New Suffragette Records



Findmypast publish new suffragette records online for the first time ever
 
        Over 22,000 newly digitised records now available to search
        Thousands of 1911 suffragette census Returns also added to the collection
 
 
Friday June 8th: In association with The National Archives, British family history website Findmypast  has added more than 22,000 brand new records to their ground-breaking Suffragette Collection.  
 
Digitised from original documents held at The National Archives in Kew, the collection was first launched in February 2018 to mark the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 1918 Representation of the People Act.
 
Today’s release marks the second phase of this ground-breaking project and consists of material that, until now, had never before been digitised and made available online. Thousands of newly transcribed 1911 census returns that either list “suffragette” or “suffragist” as an occupation or had been “spoiled” in an act of civil disobedience have also been added to the collection.
 
Findmypast’s Suffragette Collection now contains more than 78,000 records taken from Metropolitan Police and Home Office files. It reveals the struggles endured by the movement’s most ardent supporters and highlights the state’s response as it attempted to contain them.  
 
Victoria Iglikowski, Principal Records Specialist - Diverse Histories, at The National Archives said: “These files illustrate the huge impact suffrage campaigns had across government and show the state’s response through policing, surveillance and monitoring. The wealth of evidence collected in raids on suffragette premises and criminal trials gives us a unique perspective coming from directly inside the headquarters and organisation of the movement. Documents include secret codes used to evade police detection and transcripts of speeches covertly recorded, giving us a powerful perspective on the records the suffragettes potentially didn’t want to survive.”
 
The collection spans from 1902 to 1919 and includes the following series of records from The National Archives: AR 1, ASSI 52, CRIM 1, CRIM 9, DPP 1, HO 144, HO 45, HO 140, LO 3, MEPO 2, MEPO 3, PCOM 7, PCOM 8, PRO 30, T 1, T 172, TS 27, and WORK 11. Among these are photographs of suffragettes, cabinet letters, calendars of prisoners, Home Office papers of suffragette disturbances, an index of women arrested between 1906 and 1914 (the official watch list of over 1,300 suffragettes), reports of force-feeding, and more.
 
These rich documents bring together the stories of women from all walks of life who actively supported women’s suffrage, either by attending demonstrations and meetings or opting for militant “direct action”.
 
 
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To find out more about the collection, visit: https://www.findmypast.com/suffragettes/
 
For more information or to discuss feature opportunities, please contact
Alex Cox: acox@findmypast.com, +44 7464 946769
 
NOTES TO EDITORS
 
 
 
Findmypast (previously DC Thomson Family History) is a British-owned world leader in online family history. It has an unrivalled record of online innovation in the field and 18 million registered users across its family of online brands, which includes Lives of the First World War, The British Newspaper Archive and Genes Reunited, among others.
Its lead brand, also called Findmypast, is a searchable online archive of over eight billion family history records, ranging from parish records and censuses to migration records, military collections, historical newspapers and lots more. For members around the world, the site is a crucial resource for building family trees and conducting detailed historical research.
In April 2003, Findmypast was the first online genealogy site to provide access to the complete birth, marriage, and death indexes for England & Wales, winning the Queen’s Award for Innovation. Since that time, the company has digitised records from across the globe, including the 1911 Census and the recently released 1939 Register which they digitised in association with The National Archives.
 
The National Archives looks after and makes available to the public its collection of historical records dating back more than 1,000 years, including records as diverse as Domesday Book and MI5 files. They are a world-leading cultural heritage organisation which promotes public accessibility to iconic documents such as Guy Fawkes’ confession, Shakespeare’s Will and Edward VIII’s letter of abdication, while ensuring preservation for generations to come. They also host talks, conferences and have an expanding events programme. The National Archives is a non-ministerial government department whose parent is the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). They are the official archive of the UK government, and England and Wales.
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