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Will There Be Women MPs?
The leading organisation fighting for women's suffrage changes tack, as Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst launch the Women's Party.
Non-Fiction 1917 1 mins Silent
For over a decade the Women's Social and Political Union was the leading voice of women's suffrage, although, as their slogan "Deeds not Words" suggests, their actions spoke louder. By November 1917 the WSPU had morphed into a more nationalistic body supporting the war effort. After posing for the newsreel cameras, as seen here, Emmeline Pankhurst took to the stage of Queen's Hall London to launch the rebranded Women's Party.
The Topical Budget newsreel used the occasion to ask a question about women in parliament, setting aside the matter of votes for women altogether. The following year would see developments on both fronts, with government Acts allowing women over 30 to vote and women over 21 to stand for election (but not to vote themselves!). Nancy Astor became the first female MP just two years after this newsreel was issued. Emmeline Pankhurst used the Women's Party launch to rail against the Russians, take on the trades unions, and set out a policy of "Britain for the British". The Women's Party disbanded in 1919, with Christabel Pankhurst missing election by the narrowest of margins, despite the support of her formidable mother.
Suffragettes on Film
Miss Davison's Funeral
Non-Fiction 1913 2 mins Silent Location: Bloomsbury
The funeral procession of suffragette Emily Davison - fatally injured at the Epsom Derby - passes through London to her final resting place in Morpeth.
Womens March through London
Non-Fiction 1915 1 mins Silent Location: London
Suffragettes advance from Bow to Baker Street, jostling with the London traffic on their way to the Portman Rooms.
Comedy 1911 7 mins Silent
Irrepressible sister act Tilly and Sally throw a party - of sorts - in this chaotic comedy caper.
Women's March through London
Non-Fiction 1915 2 mins Silent Location: Buckingham Palace
"Three cheers to our gallant soldiers", proclaim suffragette marchers as they rally to show their willingness to help the war effort.
Scenes from Suffragette Demonstration at Newcastle
Non-Fiction 1909 1 mins Silent Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Supporters of the Women's Social and Political Union campaign in the North East.
Tilly and the Fire Engines
Comedy 1911 2 mins Silent
Mischievous sisters Tilly and Sally borrow a fire engine and take it for a joy ride in this spirited film comedy.
Brighton Seaside - Airshow & Silver Jubilee in Bromley
Amateur film 1977 11 mins Silent Location: Brighton
Tony Mitchell captures a variety of events during Jubilee year - including day trips to Brighton and a bunting covered London as well as an accident at an airshow
St Faith's go to Kew for tea
Amateur film 1936 20 mins Silent Location: Brentford
Enjoy a nostalgic trip down river with members of the St Faith community - with tea at Kew, feeding penguins at London Zoo and lots of chatter - all in sign language!
About Britain - Second Edition
Amateur film 1965 12 mins Location: London
Join the Clague family as they zoom up an empty M1 to Stratford upon Avon, Long Itchington and Coventry - a city reborn after its 1940 destruction
1949 Home Events - London
Amateur film 1949 3 mins Silent Location: London
An amazing film from 1949 that shows the colour returning to London's cheeks after six years of war - with Grenadier Guards, London Buses and the inevitable bombsites
Scenes of 1930s London
Amateur film 1930 2 mins Silent Location: London
Enjoy this atmospheric look at London in the 1930s - with a bustling river scene, busy streets, a boating lady and a Royal occasion
City of London
Amateur film 1947 12 mins Silent Location: London
Join these City workers as they return to work amid the ruins of post-war London - with views of St Paul’s and a rooftop distribution of parcels
Grounded on the Platters: HMS Conway
Home movie 1953 7 mins Silent Location: Anglesey/Ynysmôn
A sorry end to any ship: timings, tide and wind played their part in pushing HMS Conway onto the Platters rocks in the Menai Strait on 14/4/1953.
Exeter Real Ale Festival
News 1975 3 mins Location: Exeter
The wet and warm ale goes down a treat as aficionados gather to celebrate real ale.
Home movie 1955 8 mins Silent Location: Llanddwyn Island/Ynys Llanddwyn
Sea pinks and samphire, lighthouses and church ruins – Llanddwyn’s charms are many and varied.
News 1979 2 mins Location: Plymouth
Experimentation with a coat for two leaves couples with really no escape.
Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music
News 1970 2 mins Location: Shepton Mallet
Progressive gathering of festival goers hits the blues.
Dawson: Lower Penn Show
Home movie 1954 4 mins Silent Location: Lower Penn
Another blustery summer day in the 1950s and it's Lower Penn's carnival parade.