Sunday, 23 September 2018

Suffragette connections to Hillhead

On Friday, I visited the Suffragette exhibition at the Mitchell Library to discover more about the campaigning to enable women to vote. I found amongst the records that in 1902, the Glasgow & West of Scotland Association for Women's Suffrage met for the first time in the home of founding chair, Mrs Greig (Jessie Turnbull Thomson) at 18 Lynedoch Crescent. 

View of 18 Lynedoch Crescent.

In July 1914, Dorothea Chalmers Smith was caught trying to burn down an empty property at 6 Park Gardens with leading suffragist Ethel Moorhead. At their trial held in Glasgow's High Court, hundreds of campaigners looked on and threw apples at the judge when the activists were sentenced to eight months in prison each. Both women went on hunger strike.

View of 6 Park Gardens.

Also, suffragettes organised from 70 St. Georges Road where there was a meeting place of the Women's Freedom League, who believed in non-violent protest.

There is a pop-up display of items from Special Collections telling the story of women’s suffrage in Glasgow at the Mitchell Library until 25th January 2019.

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