Wimbledon has a rich history of suffrage and the struggle for a woman’s
right to vote.
In 1907 Bertrand Russell stood in a Parliamentary by-election in Wimbledon for the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. On 22nd October 1908, the Wimbledon Branch of Women’s Social & Political Union was formed. It opened its shop on the site between the Odeon and Morrisons. Wimbledon had its own branch of militant suffragettes led by a local heroine, Rose Lamartine Yates, who lived at Dorset Hall, Kingston Road. In 1909, Rose joined the committee of the Wimbledon branch of the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU), becoming its organising secretary in 1910.
The Wimbledon Branch of the WSPU was renowned for its militant suffrage campaigns. Yates held a protest meeting on Wimbledon Common in spite of the Home Secretary drafting in 300 policemen to prevent public meetings. Rose Lamartine Yates was also involved in setting up the Suffragette Record Room and Suffragette Fellowship in the 1930s.
The Management Committee
of William Morris House is pleased to
invite you to its Annual Lecture
(and the the 90th Anniversary of its opening)
Wimbledon’s Radical Tradition
The Suffragette Movement
7.30pm, Thursday 22 November 2012
William Morris House, 267 The Broadway, Wimbledon,
London, SW19 1SD
With guest speakers:
Sheila Hancock, Actor and Presenter BBC’s Suffragette City and Dr Diane Atkinson
Author: Suffragettes: The Purple White & Green: London 1906-1914
and Suffragettes in Pictures
If you would like to come to the Lecture please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 020 8542 8223 by Sunday 18 November. Please let us know if you would like to bring a guest.
Doors open at 7.00pm and tea and coffee will be available. The
lecture will be followed by a drinks reception.