The archive consists of photographs, press cuttings, periodicals, photographs, postcards, invitations, and other ephemera relating to Elizabeth Impey, suffragette
Papers of Elizabeth Impey
Scope and Content
Administrative / Biographical History
Elizabeth Impey (fl.1920-c.1950) lived in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. She was married to Arthur Impey, a business man, and together they were active members of the local Liberal Association. Elizabeth was interested in women's suffrage, and when the candidate whom she and her husband had helped return as their Liberal MP voted in Parliament against extending the franchise to women, she joined the Women's Social and Political Union, eventually becoming secretary of the Hertfordshire branch. Arthur Impey was one of the founder members of the Men's League for Women's Suffrage. In 1907 Elizabeth was arrested after a WSPU demonstration in London and sentenced to 14 days in Holloway for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. She spent the next few years campaigning for the organisation with Mary Gawthorpe, arranging meetings and speakers in Hitchin, often in the face of considerable local opposition.
An arrangement was imposed by the cataloguer, Veronica Howes, in consultation with the archivist, Liz Taylor
Conditions Governing Access
This collection is available for research. Readers are advised to contact The Women's Library in advance of their first visit.
Other Finding Aids
The Women's Library Catalogue
Donated by Alan and Elizabeth Cowlishaw in Jan 2010