1.5 Did Emily Davison mean to kill herself?
The suffragettes formed after peaceful attempts to win the right for women to vote had led to little success. Their motto was 'Deeds not Words' and their actions were often violent. The films on this page show how the suffragette movement grew, and some of the tactics they employed to ensure they made front page news.
TIME TO REMEMBER - TIME OF THE SUFFRAGETTES (EXTRACT ONE)
2 MINS 32 SECS, SOUND, B/W, 1969
Key Section - Beginning to 01:17.
Time To Remember is a classic television series produced in the late 1950s and 1960s by BAFTA-winner Peter Bayliss. It was created with footage from the British Pathé archive. The relevant section in this extract from 'Time of the Suffragettes' shows women demonstrating for the right to vote in 1912 and discusses American support for the campaign.
TIME TO REMEMBER - TIME OF THE SUFFRAGETTES (EXTRACT TWO)
3 MINS 49 SECS, SOUND, B/W, 1969
Key Section - 00:58 to end.
Within the relevant part of this second extract from Time to Remember, violent activists from the suffragette movement are seen being carried away by police, destined for jail. Following a brief pause in the picture, we are shown the ruined home of a politician, burned down by suffragettes. The film ends with footage of the death and funeral of Emily Davison.
EMANCIPATION OF WOMEN (EXTRACT)
20 MINS 47 SECS, SOUND, B/W, 1970
Key Section - 08:46 to end.
Part one of an excellent documentary chronicling the lives and changing status of women, and their struggle for the right to vote, from 1896 to 1928. The Key Section focuses on the actions of the suffragettes and their involvement in the war effort.