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The Women’s Hall

A new exhibition about the East London Federation of the Suffragettes.

30 June 2018 – 20 October 2018 | Visit website

The Women’s Hall at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives is the first major exhibition about the East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS) and will open on 30 May.
 
The free exhibition and accompanying events explore the ELFS campaign for the vote and visitors will learn about little known local working class suffragettes land the venues in Bow and Poplar which were taken over by the ELFS for use in their projects. Objects and archive materials on display include a rare ‘Ealontoys’ teddy bear made in the toy factory started by the ELFS just behind Roman Road; and the handwritten diary of suffragette Gertrude Setchfield which describes her trips to the East End in 1914 to attend ELFS rallies, on loan from the LSE Women’s Library.
 
The exhibition hall will be transformed into a unique space evoking the headquarters of the ELFS, a former Baptist mission hall on Old Ford Road in Bow which the suffragettes named ‘The Women’s Hall’. The exhibition includes a recreation of the ELFS Cost Price Restaurant, which will serve refreshments for visitors on a 'pay-what-you-can' basis using redistributed food and the regular East London Federation of the Suffragettes stall at Roman Road Market will be recreated on Saturday 16 June, sharing local suffragette stories with shoppers.

A free public programme of talks, creative workshops, film screenings and guided walks will accompany the exhibition, and a learning resource will be developed for Tower Hamlets teachers to use to explore local suffrage stories.


The Women's Hall exhibition is at Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, London E1 4DQ from 30 May - 20 October.

 
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