Resources

Access a variety of podcasts, film, articles and case studies of suffrage campaigners to support subject knowledge for both teachers and students, covering the history of women at the hustings from the 17th century right up to questions of citizenship and equality today. There are also a number of fully resourced history enquiries and citizenship activities in the Activities section.

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Women in Politics 1800 to 1866

In this podcast, Dr Sarah Richardson of the University of Warwick discusses women in politics in the 19th century.  The overall theme is politics and women’s exercise of power before the franchise, focusing on activities in the early to mid-19th century leading up to the 1866 suffrage petition and the...

Women and Politics in the 17th Century

In this podcast Edward Vallance, Professor of Early Modern British Political Culture at the University of Roehampton, discusses women and politics in the 17th century.  The podcast starts by looking at the general view during the Early Modern period that women's sphere should be limited to the home, owing to beliefs about the difference between men's and women's nature and physiology. It...

Parliament and the Suffrage Campaign

In this podcast Dr Mari Takayangi, Senior Archivist at the UK Parliamentary Archives, looks at parliament and the suffrage campaign, from the first women's suffrage petition in 1866 through to the end of the First World War. The podcast begins by looking at what we we mean by petitioning parliament, and at the events...

Elizabeth Crawford on the Women's Suffrage Campaign

In this podcast Elizabeth Crawford, researcher and author of a number of books on the women’s suffrage movement, discusses the suffrage campaign from its beginnings in the 1860s. The podcast starts by looking at why it's important to remember the women’s suffrage campaign, and at the campaign's slow beginnings in 1866 with the...

Working Class Women in the Suffrage Movement

In this podcast suffrage historian Dr Jill Liddington discusses the too-often forgotten working-class women in the Suffrage movement. The podcast starts by highlighting the obstacles faced by working-class women seeking to join the campaign for women's suffrage, and yet at how many did join the movement nonetheless. Dr Liddington then looks at the significant contribution working-class women made to the...

Politics and Democracy in late 18th Century England

In this podcast, Professor Arthur Burns of Kings College London discusses politics and democracy in late 18th-century England.  The podcast starts by looking at what elections were about in late 18th-century England and how different this is from elections today - in particular, the focus then on representation and legislation at the...

Men in the Suffrage Movement

In this podcast Dr Claire Eustance of Greenwich University discusses some of the men who were involved in the Suffrage movement, starting with the radical liberal MP John Stuart Mill. The podcast looks at the many men who actively espoused the cause of women's suffrage, including the husbands and siblings of famous suffragists and suffragettes. It considers...

The Women's Freedom League

In this podcast Dr Claire Eustance of Greenwich Unversity looks at the Women's Freedom League, which was formed in 1907 by 77 members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU). The Women's Freedom League had a wider feminist agenda that looked towards life beyond enfranchisement.  The podcast explores who the Women's Freedon League were and why they...