Here at the Museum #TeamSuffrageinEgham have been busy delving into Egham’s suffrage past. So far, we’ve discovered some exciting stories, and we are beginning to sketch a picture of local involvement in, and responses to, the campaign for women’s suffrage that gathered pace in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We have learned that there were two separate branches of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) in Egham in the first two decades of the 1900s – one created by students at the then all-female Royal Holloway College, and one that met in Egham town centre. We are particularly interested in finding out more about the ways in which the Egham community engaged with the national fight for the vote.

British Suffragette handing out the WSPU magazine Votes for Women.

We need your help!

The local community plays a pivotal role in all that we do here at Egham Museum, and we are eager to draw on local knowledge and family histories for this project. As we begin to shine a light on Egham at the turn of the twentieth century we are keen to learn more about the local residents living in the town at the time. Was your great-grandmother a Suffragette? How did your ancestors respond to the fight for women’s suffrage – were they for or against the vote? Perhaps your relatives took part in the anti-suffrage campaign or the Primrose League? Or maybe your grandfather campaigned for the vote, or told you stories about the role his mother or aunt played in local campaign activities? As you begin to dig out the Christmas decorations from the attic, now is the time to bring down that box of treasures belonging to your great-grandparents – who knows, perhaps you have a Suffragette pin or campaign leaflet in your possession!

Elsie Duval’s Hunger Strike Medal, 1912

If your family is local to the Egham area (including Englefield Green, Egham Hythe, Virginia Water, and Thorpe) and you have family stories relating to the Suffragettes, Suffragists, Anti-Suffrage League, Primrose League, or campaign for the women’s right to vote, we would love to hear from you!

If you have any information – significant or seemingly trivial, factual or anecdotal – please do get in touch with our Research Intern, Lauren Faro, at intern@eghammuseum.org

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