ePetition - Bring Back our City's Suffragette Banner
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Bring Back our City's Suffragette Banner
We the undersigned petition Brighton & Hove Council to negotiate the return of our Suffragette banner to Brighton & Hove.
B & H Women's History Group Petition: Bring Back our City's
Brighton and Hove played a very important part in the struggle for women’s suffrage – our right to vote. The magnificent suffragette banner of the Brighton branch of the National Women’s Social & Political Union (formed in 1907) is made of beautiful purple twill woven wool, with an applique lettering of cream cotton sateen and white silk-wrapped cotton cord. However, it is displayed in Manchester, not here in Brighton.
Many activists, including Mary Clarke, sister of Emmeline Pankhurst and the first suffragette to die for the cause, worked tirelessly in Brighton to drum up support from local people and to help turn the tide of women’s rights.
One of Brighton's Borough Councillors, the late Andy Durr, discovered the banner in a local second-hand shop, and donated or loaned it for safekeeping to the People’s History Museum in Manchester. We are convinced that this banner needs to come back home to stand as proud testimony to the work of the women of Brighton & Hove and to educate future generations.
Members of the B&H Women's History Group and those undersigned call on Brighton & Hove Council to negotiate the return of our banner to Brighton & Hove, whether permanently or on loan.
Started by: Debbie Waldon (Brighton and Hove Women's History Group)
This ePetition ran from 25/02/2019 to 10/07/2019 and has now finished.
216 people signed this ePetition.
To be presented at the Policy Resources & Growth Committee on 11 July 2019