Meet five of the 80 women whose embroidered signatures make up the spectacular Holloway Prisoners' banner...
It was originally designed as a traditional friendship quilt. Ann, also a Suffragette, donated the quilt to the WSPU Scottish Exhibition and Bazaar held in Glasgow in 1910 to raise funds for the campaign.
The Votes for Women newspaper described the donation: 'A suffrage linen quilt, with a beautiful design in the colours by the well known artist, Ann Macbeth, and containing the embroidered names of hunger strikers, forms an interesting memento, and will be sold for £10'.
A following entry notes that '...the quilt embroidered with the names - in their own handwriting - of all the hunger strikers... has been bought by one of the leaders, Mrs Pethick Lawrence'.
Converted into a banner it was first publicly revealed in the 'From Prison to Citizenship' procession in June 1910. Carried as part of the Prisoner’s Pageant it made a striking and emotively powerful impression on both spectators and participants.
The banner symbolises the spirit of comradeship that gave Suffragette prisoners the strength and courage to endure hunger strike and force-feeding and ‘face death without flinching’.
But behind this political message lies the highly personal story of 80 individual Suffragettes who each made a unique contribution and sacrifice for the militant votes for women campaign. Here are the stories of five of these Suffragettes.
She continued to undertake militant acts and was repeatedly imprisoned between 1909 and 1912.
In 1909, whilst serving a term of imprisonment in Winson Green, for throwing slates from the roof of a hall in Birmingham in which Prime Minister Asquith was speaking, Mary became one of the first Suffragette hunger strikers to be force-fed.
In July 1912, Mary pursued Asquith to Dublin and set fire to a box at the Theatre Royal.
Sentenced to five years penal servitude for this offence, she was released on a 'ticket of leave' on 21st September only to take part in the WSPU window-smashing campaign in November.
Vera was imprisoned several times for militancy between 1908 and 1912. In September 1909, together with WSPU colleagues, she harassed the Prime Minister, Asquith, while he was staying in Lympne, Kent for the weekend, even pursuing him to the golf course.
Vera served her last term of imprisonment in 1912 for window smashing. Sentenced to 6 months in Holloway, she again went on hunger strike and was force-fed.
On her release, Vera achieved her ambition of studying at university by leaving London for St Andrews, where she stayed until 1914.
In 1912 Elsie served two terms of imprisonment, with hunger strike and force-feeding, for smashing a window in Liberty and setting off a fire alarm.
In a letter written by her mother in 1931, now in the museum’s collection, it was claimed that Elsie required four months medical treatment to recover from force-feeding. 'Her beautiful voice was ruined.'
Elsie also memorably rode a white horse, while dressed as Joan of Arc, beside the coffin of Emily Wilding Davison during her funeral procession through London.