Mapping Women’s Suffrage
Professor of History, University of Warwick
Can we identify and map as many Women’s Suffrage campaigners as possible?
The aim of this research project is to pinpoint and gather materials and information about the ‘Votes for Women’ campaigners in towns, cities and villages across England in 1911.
A fresh look at the people and places behind the movement, the project is an ongoing and ever growing piece of work, visualised geographically on an interactive map. From the map, key details about campaigner’s lives are brought together in one place, including photographs, letters and official documents , right down to which suffrage society they supported at the time.
For the map, more information and resources, go to www.mappingwomenssuffrage.org.uk.
Read the blog: In defence of the census.
Focusing on one of the key research sources, the 1911 census which was used (like song) as a weapon of protest.
Singer-songwriter and founder of I'm Not A Machine music
Band, feat. Cat Mctigue, Rio Hellyer and Shanade Morrow
I approached the collaboration with an openness to our way of working. I’m fortunate to be both a singer songwriter and to have a niche recorded music company called I’m Not A Machine. So when I was paired with the Mapping Women’s Suffrage researchers, it was clear we would be well suited – they offered enthusiasm and an equal sense of willingness to explore.
I had the idea of working creatively with a local trio called The Pips, with a view to develop a commercial song inspired directly by Mapping Women’s Suffrage. Everyone was in agreement that they would be the best artistic fit for this project – a piece of music to complement the wider work being done to raise awareness about the research, as well as a ‘stand alone’ song in its own right.
Beyond having an output that I am very proud of, I feel that the collaboration as a whole was a great success. Working to a specific brief and to a strict deadline enabled a process that supported the artistic output. We were pushed enough to be challenged, but it wasn’t stressful, and it’s forced new connections. We hope that everyone enjoys the song, and is inspired to discover the many and varied stories of people from the Suffrage Movement.
– Verity Pabla