Memoir of Florence C Stevens

Archive Collection

Scope and Content

The archive consists of a manuscript memoir headed 'Manchester, 19 Jun 1909: Women's Social & Political Union (WSPU) Drum & Fife'. Details journey from London to Manchester and back for the meeting to welcome Miss Patricia Woodlock, provides an account of the meeting, the actions of the police and anti-suffragists, and gives Florence’s opinions on the suffrage issue; also contains an account of learning to play the fife with the WSPU Drum & Fife Band and a list of the members of the Band.

Administrative / Biographical History

Florence C Stevens (c.1890-), her sister Eleanor Stevens, and her friend Rose Barry were supporters of the women’s suffrage movement. Florence played in the Drum & Fife Band of the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU) which was formed in 1909, during the summer of which it regularly marched round Holloway Prison to play inspiring music, and also played for special suffrage events and activities. Patricia Woodlock was a member of the WSPU in Liverpool and was repeatedly imprisoned for her suffrage activities. Her release from Holloway Prison after serving three months in Jun 1909 was celebrated by the WSPU by a breakfast in London and receptions in Manchester and Liverpool.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is available for consultation. Readers are advised to contact The Women’s Library in advance of their first visit.

Acquisition Information

Deposited in Feb 1978 by Miss Evelyn C Selley, formally accessioned as part of the move to the new building in 2003.

Other Finding Aids

Fonds Description (1 folder only)

Related Material

The records of the Women's Social & Political Union are held at the Museum of London.