Ances­try adds suf­frage records

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De­tails of suf­fragettes who were ar­rested for their cam­paign­ing ac­tiv­i­ties have been re­vealed on ances­

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

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