East End Suffragettes: the photographs of Norah Smyth

2 Nov 2018 – 9 Feb 2019

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Tuesday - Saturday
10am - 6pm

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Four Corners

London, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • Buses: D6, 8,
  • Tube: Bethnal Green
  • Train: Bethnal Green

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This autumn, the remarkable photographs of suffragette Norah Smyth return to the East End after 100 years.


Never before exhibited in the UK, Smyth’s photographs reveal the little-known story of the radical East London Federation of Suffragettes, who dissented from the main suffragette movement to fight for the rights of working women throughout WW1

Norah Smyth (1874-1963) was a central figure in Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of Suffragettes (ELFS), living and working with her in Bow.  A talented artist and organiser, Smyth used her photographic skills to provide images for the ELFS newspaper, The Woman’s Dreadnought, alongside promotional postcards and catalogues, focusing in particular on local women and children living in poverty.  One hundred years on, these compelling photographs offer an intimate record of Sylvia Pankhurst and the ELFS’ activities in 1914-18, an extraordinary moment in women’s social history. 

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