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Record revealed

List of suffragettes arrested from 1906–1914

More than a thousand people who supported women’s right to vote were arrested for their activism. This document records who they were and the date and location of each arrest – and includes some famous names.

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Frayed cover of a book, with its title written in large capital letters.

Front cover of the index of suffragettes arrested between 1906 and 1914.

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Full page listing names against dates in two columns.

The first page of the 'P' section lists well known suffragette leaders such as Emmeline Pankhurst, as well as her daughters, Adela, Christabel and Sylvia.

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Close-up showing the name 'Lansbury, George' above three dates.

The entry for George Lansbury, one of the many male supporters of women’s suffrage. In the 1930s he became Leader of the Labour Party.

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Close-up showing the name 'Warton, Jane' above ‘Liverpool’ and the date ‘15/1/10’.

Many campaigners used an alias to evade the authorities or to protect their families. Jane Warton was actually Lady Constance Lytton, a member of the aristocracy.

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The word 'Unknown' above the date '22/5/14', repeated three times.

Three of the numerous entries for campaigners the authorities could not identify and simply recorded as ‘unknown’.

Why this record matters

Date: 1914–1935

Catalogue reference: HO 45/24665

Until 1918, women were not able to vote in general elections. Many people, both men and women, campaigned for women’s suffrage and some of them were arrested in the process. The Home Office created a card index of those arrested, and in 1922 this was turned into the bound document we have today. It contains the names of 1224 women and 109 men.

The Home Office used this index to trace suffrage supporters. At the outbreak of the First World War, when many suffrage groups suspended their campaigns, the index made it easier for the Government to give an amnesty that released suffrage campaigners from prison.

Today, the index is the best way to look for individual campaigners whose activity put them on the wrong side of the law. Each entry includes a reference to original documents about the person’s arrest and conviction, and those papers – where they survive – can be found within our collection.

The story of Emmeline Pankhurst

Read about Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) was a tireless political activist, who led the WSPU – the militant faction of the movement for women’s suffrage.