EMILY DAVISON HIDES IN WESTMINSTER
The census is a useful tool for family historians tracing their ancestors, but it can also give a glimpse of people’s political motives. Suffragette Emily Davison decided to take a stand with the 1911 census. As a protest against the government, she hid herself in a cupboard in the Palace of Westminster overnight, eventually being found by a cleaner. She was included in the census as residing in the House of Commons – hoping to highlight that she had claim to the same political rights as men.