Papers of Sydney and Maude Buckman relating to the Rational Dress Movement and Cycling for Women

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

Photocopies of material including letters and newspaper articles relating to the campaign to promote appropriate attire for women engaged in sporting activities

Administrative / Biographical History

Founded in February 1897 the first meeting of the Western Rational Dress Club was held at the home of its secretary, Sydney Buckman, in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, on 6 May 1897. At least seven such clubs were in existence by September of that year, and notable national supporters included Lady Colin Campbell, Lady Randolph Churchill, the Countess of Warwick and WT Stead. The basic aim was to promote dress reform whereby 'women may enjoy greater movement and less fatigue', especially when engaged in sporting activities, such as cycling, tennis and golf'. It sought to highlight accidents and dangers caused by women wearing impractical clothing. The campaign attracted much press comment, and was part of the wider movement for women's emancipation. The Western Rational Dress Club disbanded in 1899.

Conditions Governing Access

Access will be granted to any accredited reader

Custodial History

U DX113/1-16 were copied with the permission of Peter Buckman, Abingdon, 28 April 1976

U DX113/17-20 were from Peter Buckman's papers and deposited by Don Chapman, March 2012

U DX113/21 were deposited by Don Chapman on 11 November 2014

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