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This suffragette banner was originally designed as a quilt by Ann Macbeth, head of the embroidery department at the Glasgow School of Art. Image courtesy Museum of London.

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Included in the show is a suffragette banner, see above, originally designed as a quilt by Ann Macbeth, head of the embroidery department at the Glasgow School of Art. It is composed of 80 pieces of linen embroidered in purple cotton with the signatures of 80 suffragette hunger-strikers who by 1910 “had faced death without flinching”.

On its completion, Macbeth gave the quilt to the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) Scottish Exhibition and Bazaar held in Glasgow in April 1910 to raise funds for the suffragette campaign.

The Suffragettes: Collection in Focus runs at the Museum of London, London Wall, from February 2-January 6, 2019.

museumoflondon.org.uk