Library Shorts 14/05/15 – Suffragettes and Satire: Female Campaigners in the Media

University of Glasgow Library

A print of the image of Justice holding a set of scales in one hand, a sword in the other wrapped in the words "Hunger Strike" and resting on a pile of books. She is blind-folded and wearing a hat with the words "Votes for Women"Using library resources – books, digital newspaper archives, and items from the University of Glasgow’s Archives and Special Collections – this week’s Library Shorts talk will be exploring the contrast between the representation of the actions of the campaigners for women’s suffrage in the early 20th century by the mainstream media and by the suffragettes themselves. In particular, our speaker, Gemma Elliott, will be looking at the fascinating but unpublished memoir of Elizabeth Thomson; a suffragette, teacher, traveller and missionary who was jailed at the age of 65 for attempting to burn down the grandstand at Kelso racecourse. For more details of Gemma’s work see http://www.gla.ac.uk/hunterian/learning/hunterianassociates/suffrage%20fact%20and%20fiction/#d.en.401367.

Come along to the Talk Lab on level 3 of the Library at 12.15 on Thursday 14th May to learn more.

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About Paul V Dudman

Archivist responsible for the Refugee Archives at the University of East London.
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