Ancestry adds suffrage records
Details of suffragettes who were arrested for their campaigning activities have been revealed on ancestry.co.uk.
Digitised from original records held at The National Archives in Kew, the new record set reveals the names of more than 1,300 people who were detained between 1906 and 1914.
Searchable by name and date, the scanned pages provide details of when and where the prisoner was arrested, and whether they had committed any similar crimes in the past.
While suffragette figurehead Emmeline Pankhurst features in the release as expected, searching the collection also offers an insight into the activities of lesser-known campaigners.
This includes men such as Hugh Arthur Franklin, who was arrested five times for crimes that included attempting to attack the then Home Secretary Winston Churchill and setting fire to a railway carriage.
“The actions of the women and men contained in this collection helped change the course of history forever,” said Ancestry’s senior UK content manager Miriam Silverman.
“Now is the time to discover if any of your relatives risked imprisonment fighting for equal voting rights – something we take for granted today.”
Campaigners are arrested after chaining themselves to the railings outside Buckingham Palace, 1914