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UNESCO Women's Suffrage documents

Eight documents from the Parliamentary Archives and the Women's Library (now at LSE) were recognised by UNESCO on their Memory of the World UK Register in 2011 and were displayed together for International Women's Day in 2012.

Women's Suffrage UNESCO exhibition in the Royal Gallery, House of Lords, 2012

The eight documents are displayed together for the first time for International Women's Day 2012.

Petition circulated by the Women's Suffrage Petition Committee, 1866
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This petition marks the beginning of the continuous women's suffrage movement in Britain

Founding of the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), 1897
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Documents illustrating the founding of the NUWSS under their President, Millicent Fawcett

Mary Lowndes Album, c.1908
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Album of banner designs for the Artists Suffrage League

Suffragette Banner, 1908

Women's Freedom League banner unfurled in the House of Commons in 1908

Writings related to imprisonment and force-feeding by Emily Wilding Davison, 1912
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Extracts from Emily Wilding Davison's Holloway prison diary

'Cat and Mouse' Act, 1913

This Act allowed suffragettes on hunger strike to be repeatedly freed and re-arrested

Equal Franchise Act 1928

Women finally got the vote on the same terms as men in 1928

Stanley Baldwin to Millicent Fawcett, 1928
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Letter of congratulations from the Prime Minister on equal franchise