Suffragettes through government eyes

What do government records reveal about the suffrage movement?

What to expect in the onsite workshop:

In the onsite workshop students explore methods used in the suffrage movement through handling original documents like coded diaries and court testimony. They will examine the state response to the movement through a range of documents housed in Home Office, Metropolitan Police and prison files. This session develops skills in evidential understanding as students will consider why the government archival collection contains more documents related to militancy and what might be missing.

The two-hour workshop is led by an experienced history educator in an inspiring learning space at The National Archives in Kew.


Connections to the curriculum:


  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day: Women’s Suffrage


  • AQA: GCE History, Unit 2M: Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906-1957
  • OCR: GCE History A, Unit Y111, British Period Study and enquiry: Liberals, Conservatives and the Rise of Labour, 1846-1918

Session options

This session is delivered as a:


at The National Archives

2 hours

Available: All year

Cost: Free to UK schools

Suitability: Key stage 3 or Key Stage 5

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Contact us

All activities must be booked in advance.

Tel: +44 (0)20 3908 9162