Suffragette Stories

Welcome to Suffragette Stories. Thanks to lottery funding, you can discover papers relating to Annie and Jessie Kenney on this site. We are adding new material every week, so please return. To explore the site, either open the menu in the top right of the screen or take a look below.


As children, Annie and Jessie Kenney worked in an Oldham Mill. They became leaders in the Suffragette movement. On this site, you can discover letters, badges and materials from their childhood to their thoughts on their legacy in the 1950s and 1960s.

Click here to learn more about them, with the help of some of the items from the Kenney Archive.

The Kenney Archive

The Kenney Archive was bequeathed to UEA in 1994 by Warwick Kenney-Taylor, and has since been added to. In the coming months we will digitise 100 archive items and make them available online for a new generation of Suffragette scholarship.

Click here to discover a small sample of  items from the Kenney archive.

Annie’s Arboretum

Annie Kenney was Christabel Pankhurst’s right hand woman. In 1909, she planted a tree in the grounds of Eagle House in Somerset. Over the next few years, around 60 suffragettes planted trees to create a plantation, or Annie’s Arboretum, as it was known. In the 1960s, the plantation was destroyed by property developers.

Click here to explore the lives of those who planted trees in the arboretum.

Suffragette Stories

A trace of Annie’s Arboretum can be found in the Kenney archive in the form of cuttings sent to her over the years from Eagle House. These remnants of the lost plantation give us an opportunity to reimagine the legacy of the suffragettes. The Suffragette Stories project will be publishing an anthology of short stories to commemorate these women as we celebrate the centenary of women winning the right to vote.

Click here to learn more about our upcoming anthology.

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Learning Resources

You can learn more about the suffragette movement here.


Read more about suffragette material being uncovered in the UEA over on the Unboxed blog by clicking here.