Suffragettes in Britain and Abroad

War Song of the SuffragettesWe are “Source Busters”, and we have decided to research how the suffrage movements in Britain and in other countries tie in with each other. Our aim was to investigate the differences in the suffrage movement in various countries.

The topic of women’s suffrage is a broad one with a lot of available information, and the history of women’s suffrage goes back to the late nineteenth century, with protest movements springing up across Europe and America.We used online newspaper archives in order to find primary sources from the period. This allowed us to gain a better knowledge of the public attitude towards the suffrage movement, as well as the methods the suffragettes used. Consequently, we found that there was a significant amount of public sympathy towards the suffragettes, although some condemned them as “lady hooligans”. We were also able to investigate the actions of suffragettes in different countries and compare them to the British example.

For instance, we found that German suffragettes planned to storm the Reichstag, the German Parliament building, after being inspired by their British counterparts.

Another thing we investigated was the discrepancy in the date that women’s suffrage was granted in different countries.

Altogether our collection gives us a better idea of the success of women’s suffrage across the world, a struggle which goes on to this day.

 

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Prohibition in America

ProhibitionOur group researched the Prohibition era in the United States during the  1920s. This was a time when the manufacture, sale and transportation of all liquor within the United States was banned.

During the research we reviewed the  social, economic, and political impact of the eighteenth amendment, focusing specifically on crime rates,  public intoxication and infant mortality, demonstrating the physical, environmental damage which was caused by alcoholic parents. We also used newspaper evidence and images to explore our topic, and created our own graphs to show the number of arrests and instances of recorded public intoxication.

The Transportation of British Convicts to Australia

We are Team Yeti and for our research project we have been looking at the transportation of British convicts to Australia.

Through our project we have been focusing on this issue on a broad scale, looking at a wide range of primary sources including ship records of prisoners and their sentence lengths. Through this we managed to establish that there were differences in the length of sentence in accordance to the gender of the particular convict. We used these records to create four pie charts, documenting the common trends of sentence lengths of criminals across a decade.

In addition to this institutional angle on the subject we managed to find folk songs that related to the issue of transportation. We found this very usual in the sense that this material gives a more personal touch to our research. Through the folk songs we gained an insight into the popular opinion and public thought surrounding transportation.

The London Blitz

We are Any Will Do, and we have been researching the Blitz in London during WWII. We have explored the devastating effect of the Luftwaffe’s bombing of Great Britain between 7 September 1940 and 16 May 1941.

We have looked at the event as a whole, but also more specifically at the cultural and symbolic impact of St Paul’s Cathedral surviving the bombing; and also newspaper articles focussing on the international support from Britain’s main ally, the United States during the Blitz.

We used both primary and secondary sources in order to broaden our understanding of events which happened during the Blitz. Sources included photographs and we analysed several newspaper articles from the time period. We have also looked into radio broadcasts. These allowed us to explore the ‘morale boosting’ message of the image of St Paul still standing after heavy bombing. This is something we want to explore further, looking at the iconic role of  the image of St Paul during the time of the Blitz, and its use to this day.

The Disaster of the Titanic

We are, ‘The Girls’ and chose to research the disaster of the Titanic (15th April 1912).

We looked at diary accounts, newspaper articles, online passenger lists and poems related to the disaster. This broad range of sources allowed us to understand the events, but also the emotions of those on board and of the ship, survivors and the public. By looking at these various media we were able to research certain individuals on board the Titanic which gave us a clear perspective of the lives lost and how the families of victims were effected at home. A prime example of this is the Lefebbre family, in which the father was not on board the ship, however his wife and four children were. Unfortunately the bodies were never recovered from sea but the father continued searching which is proven through newspaper articles we have found relating to the disaster and the family.

The Wall Street Crash of 1929

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We are ‘Two Geordies, Two Woolleys and an Irishman’, and we decided to research the Wall Street Crash of 1929.

Also known as Black Tuesday or the Stock Market Crash of 1929, the Crash destroyed the US stock market and marked the beginning of the Great Depression. We examined several types of primary source material from various locations, including newspaper articles, journal articles, video clips and still photographs.

We used figures and data extracted from journal articles to produce our own graph focusing on job losses during 1930, making it easier to assess the general economic impact of the Wall Street Crash. Sources such as newspaper articles enabled us to assess the social impact of the Crash, as well as contemporary public and professional opinions of the incident.

The Suffragette Movement in Britain from 1900 to 1920

We are Girl Power and have been researching the suffragette movement in Britain from 1900 to 1920.

We have looked at the movement as a whole including important events, such as the 1908 March and Hyde Park Mass Meeting,  which over 10,000 women attended. We also explored the role of key individuals in the movement, concentrating mainly on Emily Davison. She had a big impact in the radicalisation of the movement. This image on the left shows the memorial edition of The Suffragette newspaper dedicated to Emily Davison after she controversially threw herself under the Kings horse at the Epsom Derby in 1913.

The Anti-Slavery Movement in Britain

At the start of the 19th century, slaves were a common aspect of society within Britain and amongst her colonies. However between 1807 and 1834 the emancipation of slaves were a key part of British history, hence why we decided to base our project around this.

We were interested to find out about the involvement of individuals as well as the mass movement in large British cities and the influence of the British media. It was also of key importance to us to find the role of gender in this movement, how women were involved and whether they were influential. We found this interesting because of its implications on the development of British society and the influence it had upon politics and universal suffrage.

Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee

Regarding Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897 several aspects of the celebrations were focused upon, including the royal procession through London on the 22nd June 1897. As the celebration was very much a global event, it is also necessary to examine how the Jubilee was celebrated beyond Great Britain.  In particular, newspaper reports from New Zealand were examined to gain an insight as to how the Empire took part in the celebration. For a more immediate perspective on events the published diaries
of Queen Victoria were examined, which gave an intimate account of the events of the 22nd of June 1897 from the Queen herself.

The history of Aston Villa F.C.

Our group has researched the history of Aston Villa Football Club, focusing on its attendance figures as well as analysing newspaper articles and team photographs to further our knowledge of the club’s development. From doing this we have produced a graph of attendance figures, which increased significantly over time due to various circumstances, which we have also analysed. These figures have been represented in a graph which is a more original method of displaying our findings.  We have learned many skills through this process, as a group we have been able to pull our ideas together allowing us to further analyse our sources and pinpoint key aspects of primary sources.

Our use of primary sources means we were able to develop our ability to locate sources relevant to our topic. By using online newspaper resources, we were able to narrow down our searches using date ranges and regional archives. This is especially useful when studying a local football club since information about team performance is published in local newspapers, especially in the early years of the league.