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Bonnet once belonging to Emmeline Pankhurst

Date made: 19th century

Place made: Douglas

Description: This bonnet once belonged to Emmeline Pankhurst, who campaigned in the United Kingdom for votes for women, and who is regarded as one of the most important political figures of the 20th century.

The bonnet is made of self over check cotton. It has two parallel lace frills around the edge, with two wide tapes sewn into bonnet to tie in under the chin. Written in ink on the back is 'E. Pankhurst'.

Emmeline Pankhurst was born in Manchester in 1858, but was Manx on her mother's side. The family had lived at Strathallen Crescent in Douglas before leaving the Island. It is an irony that had the family stayed on the Isle of Man, Pankhurst may never have become politically active, for women had been legally able to vote on the Isle of Man since 1881, and there is some evidence that women were enfranchised on the Island even earlier than that.

Measurements: 23 x 20 x 15 cm

Materials: cotton

Object name: bonnet

Collection: Costume & Textiles Collection

ID Number: 1987-0217

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