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Tuesday, 15 March 2011

The Suffragette Arboretum

There was a fascinating pop-up show at Bath Central Library at the weekend, on the Suffragettes' Arboretum/Annie's Garden at Eagle House in Batheaston. This was a refuge where suffragettes would 'recuperate after a spell in prison, and a place to organise their campaigns in the west country'. Annie Kenney, pictured top, was a northern, working class suffragette, but Emmeline Pankhurst paid a visit as did other members of the Pankhurst family (Adela is in the bottom picture). The owners of Eagle House distanced themselves from the suffragette movement after its actions became more direct and effective. There is housing now where Eagle House and the arboretum once stood.

More pictures here.

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