This week I visited the Museum of London’s wonderful Modern London galleries, and particularly enjoyed mooching around their women’s suffrage display. I’m not researching the suffragettes myself, there is so much work already done on them, but I do find them fascinating and of course they are of interest generally in terms of women’s interactions with Parliament. This is Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal on display in the Museum of London.
Parliament has an Emmeline Pankhurst medal too, not for hunger striking as it pre-dates that, but marking her release from prison after the suffragette ‘rush’ on Parliament in 1908. It has her name on the front and the details of her imprisonment in Holloway on the back. The medal is in the care of the Curator of Works of Art Office in Parliament, and is on display off Central Lobby in the House of Commons.