In 2015 The England, Suffragettes Arrested, 1906-1914 were made available online for the first time.
Following the outbreak of World War 1 most suffragette movements indicated their intent to suspend militant tactics for the duration of the war. The Government extended an amnesty collating a list of all the persons to whom it was granted. Each entry gives the name and dates of arrest and record over 1300 people arrested during the campaign for votes for women.
Subsequently the website, http://www.findmypast.co.uk, has published the Suffragette Collection which includes not only the arrest records but parliamentary papers, correspondence, reports of force-feeding or newspaper cuttings. This project’s aim is to research each entry recording the reason for arrest, the sentence and the aftermath. Did they, for example, go on hunger strike, were they force-feed?
As the campaign progressed and the volume of both women and men arrested increased the newspapers did not record every person and, therefore, for some the details are lost. Nonetheless they are named in the hope that more information may transpire in the future.
Where enough information is located a brief synopsis of their lives before and after their participation in the campaign is recorded. Some received family support; others were derided; many came from comfortable homes while others travelled hundreds of miles from working-class towns to protest at the seat of government.
Many of the blogs have, after publication, received further information from relatives. This input is appreciated.
A thank you is also due to the Museum of London who has permitted the use of their digital archive of photographs and artefacts.