‘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.
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!
This last Bank Holiday Monday , The Museum had a stall at the Lions fete .
We had lots of visitors and many people went on to visit the Museum after.
Hopefully, we will repeat this in the future.
We have hundreds of books, photos and documents in our archive collection, which
are available for people to use in their research, just contact the museum to plan your visit.
Since we have opened on April 1st, we have had 726 visitors, 626 adults and 100 children.
106 were local, 316 were on holiday and 304 were day visitors.
A really good start to the season.
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 centuries.