National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage

‘Votes for Women’ was opposed by a strange alliance of reactionary men and women, who believed in different roles for the two sexes – and implicitly for the subordination of women by men. The badge displayed below was worn by a woman member of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage, which was founded in December 1910 as an amalgamation of two previously separate organisations, for men and women. Its first president was of course a man, Lord Cromer, though its executive committee consisted of seven men and seven women. It published the Anti-Suffrage Review (produced originally by the Women’s League) and produced emotive posters to emphasize that ‘a mother’s place is in the home’.

There was a branch of the League in Southwold, but little is known of its activities – it was evidently much less well supported than the local branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, with its membership of nearly 100.

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Map of Southwold ?

We have a copy of this print in the Museum.

This map is on display in the Museum.

Sources claim that a whole series of  coastal maps were ordered by Queen Elizabeth I to  clarify what defences were in place in the event of a Spanish invasion. The map below is supposed to be the map for Southwold.

As you can see there is a fort and defensive wall.    We wonder how accurate it was!

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Latest museum developments

There has been lavish praise for the newly redesigned exhibits in the museum. Illustrated is an oak angel dating from the 15th century

Rediscovered during recent restoration work at St Edmund’s Church, the ‘Southwold Angel’ would have been originally positioned against a wall, supporting  one of the posts that helped spread the load of the roof. Carved from a single piece of English oak, it is a  remarkable survivor and now on public view for the first time in centuoakangel-overries.