1 Jun 2018

Suffrage Flag in Birmingham

We are delighted to be hosting the Suffrage Flag at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery today as it travels the country on a national tour.

Organised by the Civil Service the flag has so far travelled around different government departments, Wales and has even spent the day with our friends at Birmingham City Council earlier in the week.

Here it is with female staff at the museum today. 

Staff with Suffrage Flag

The colours of the flag represent those of the Suffragette movement, usually considered to be the militant side of the campaign for women’s rights. The Suffragette colour scheme was designed by Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, the co-editor of Votes for Women, in 1908. The colour symbolises purple for loyalty and dignity, white for purity, and green for hope.

We have some wonderful objects on display in the museum that tell the story of Suffragettes in Birmingham, including this sash belonging to Nellie Hall.

Suffrage sash

Nellie was the god-daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and started campaigning at just 14 years old. She is probably most famous for throwing a brick through the window of Prime Minister H. H. Asquith's car.

Look out for our up-coming Edwardian Tearoom Late event to celebrate and commemorate the actions of the Suffrage movement in Birmingham.