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  • Production date:

    c. 1840

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: People's City: Suffragettes

  • Leather restraining belt with chains used by Suffragettes to chain themselves to railings. Padlocking themselves to the railings of Government buildings gave suffragettes the opportunity of making lengthy political speeches. The women had as long as it took the police to cut them out of their padlocks and chains, otherwise they would have been arrested immediately after they began to speak. In Votes for Women, March 1908, chaining was described as 'the announcement of a mental and moral revolt against oppression. It arrests attention and arouses thought and quickens perception of a wrong hitherto ignored or slothfully accepted.'

  • Measurements

    H 127 mm; L 290 mm; D 300 mm (dims approx. chain not measured)

  • Materials

    leather; metal

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