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'Fetters and Roses' Dinner 1924

Framed photograph titled 'Ex-Prisoner Members of Parliament, Dinner at the House of Commons, 9th January 1924. J Scott Duckers, Esq., in the Chair'. The photograph includes several former suffragettes who were imprisoned during the suffrage campaign, including Barbara Ayrton Gould, Dorothy Evans, Viscountess Rhondda, and Frederick and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence.  It also includes early female Labour MP Susan Lawrence, who was imprisoned during the Poplar rates protest when a local counsellor in 1921, and a number of men imprisoned as conscientious objectors during the First World War.

This photograph belonged to Joseph Harrison, (1856-1947), one of the people pictured in it (no 42 on the key). Joseph Harrison was imprisoned in Wandsworth gaol in 1889 for 14 days, for default of payment of fines for refusing to have his children vaccinated.  He was a founder member of the Abinger, Shere and District Anti-Vaccination League and served on the Executive of the National Society for the Abolition of Vaccination. The photograph was given to the Parliamentary Archives by Harrison's family in 2014.

The Archives also holds a second copy of this photograph, from the House of Commons Library. Research on this photograph by the House of Commons Library, including list of names of people identified.


'Fetters and Roses' Dinner 1924


9 January 1924

Catalogue number

Parliamentary Archives, HL/PO/RO/1/203