Use Your Vote... Your Ancestors Fought For It!
Election buzz is reaching fever pitch as we approach 7 May, and we've all been bombarded with coverage of the parties vying for supremacy. But what were your ancestors up to while Emmeline Pankhurst was on hunger strike, or Edith Garrud served the riot police a sound Front Snap Kick? Start discovering your family's political history today...
It wasn't always this way...
Voting is something many of us take for granted. The people who choose not to could collectively have the power to sway an election, and yet a huge proportion still stay home come ballot day. It wasn't always this way however. At the turn of the century women were starved, beaten and jailed in the name of suffrage, and still earlier, men from all over the north of England gathered on Kensal Moor to instigate the Chartist movement towards the working man's vote, free from property restrictions and class bias in government.
The people who drove all these crucial developments in our history appear in all sorts of places, from the historical newspapers, to the census, and the passenger lists. Those who got on the wrong side of the law in their quest for change (and there were plenty!) often wound up in our Crime and Punishment records, charged variously with assault, arson, and disturbance of the peace.
Delve into our record collection, and discover the amazing history of political activism and evolution in this country, and how your family fitted in to it all!
Watch as Philippa Bilton, Katy Arnander and Matt Jopling discovered how their ancestors were linked to suffragette Emily Davison's tragic death at Epsom racecourse in 1913.