This page follows Dr. Sheila Hanlon's past and recent research projects. Her interests include Victorian and Edwardian cycling history and the WWI and WWII Women's Land Army, both in Canada and Britain.
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Militant suffragette Lilian Ida Lenton, AKA Ida Inkley, is labelled “12″ in the Criminal Record Office surveillance photo above. Lenton (1891-1972) was a dancer who joined the WSPU at age 21. She was introduced to militant action as part of … Continue reading
The emasculated husband was a popular subject for picture postcards protesting the consequences of new womanly and suffragette ways. The postcard shown above dates to the Edwardian suffrage campaign. The maker’s inscription on its reverse reads Eustace Watkins. The back of the … Continue reading
Suffragettes and suffragists targeted sports institutions as part of publicity campaigns and militant action, particularly from 1911-13. Golf courses, race tracks, and cricket pavilions were preferred sites for militant actions, but all sporting events were considered to be at risk … Continue reading
Cycling was one of many forms of leisure integrated into the suffrage campaign. Games, toys and other novelties were produced by a number of organisations to promote the principles of the suffrage movement, announce events, and raise funds. Pank-a-Squith, the … Continue reading
Rosa May Billinghurst (1873-1953) was born and raised in Lewisham. As a child, she was stricken with complete paralysis from which she never fully recovered. Her condition did not, however, deter her from joining the WSPU in 1907 or becoming … Continue reading
At the height of the organised suffrage campaign, suffragettes, such as the women shown blockading Churchill’s car above, adapted their bicycle as a tool of political protest. This website explores how women have historically used their bicycles for leisure, … Continue reading