Exhibition: The untold story of Sylvia Pankhurst’s radical East End suffragettes

This exhibition runs from Wed, 30th May 2018 to Fri, 19th Oct 2018. See all dates

This event runs over several days/weeks. Dates include:

This exhibition has finished.

Coronavirus: Events may be cancelled and venues closed at short notice, you are advised to check on their websites before making a trip.

Cost: Free of Charge

This exhibition explores the East London Federation of the Suffragettes (ELFS) campaign for the vote, their split from the WSPU and their wartime projects, which included a co-operative toy factory, a health clinic, and a nursery in a former pub.

Visitors will learn about little known local working class suffragettes like Melvina Walker and Daisy Parsons, and the venues in Bow and Poplar which were taken over by the ELFS for use in their projects.

As part of the display, the exhibition hall has been 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 on dates to be confirmed. There will also be a donation point for the local food bank.

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.

Contact and Booking Details

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No need to book tickets - just turn up on the day.


Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives,

277 Bancroft Road,
E1 4DQ

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