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The Former Studio Of The Suffrage Atelier

Hob Uid: 1521271
Location :
Greater London Authority
Kensington and Chelsea
Non Civil Parish
Grid Ref : TQ2507479075
Summary : A studio in the garden of No.1 Pembroke Square in Kensington, London, was used for meetings and as the workshop of the Suffrage Atelier between 1910 and 1912. Further evidence is required to determine when it was built and how long it was in use for. Founded in 1909, the Suffrage Atelier worked with the Women's Freedom League and the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) to produce the banners, postcards and posters used in their campaigns for women's suffrage.
More information : Between 1910 and 1912, a studio in the garden of No.1 Pembroke Cottages in Kensington, London was used for meetings and as the workshop of the Suffrage Atelier. No. 1 Pembroke Cottages was, at the time, the official address of the Suffrage Atelier.

Founded in 1909, the Suffrage Atelier worked with the Women's Freedom League and the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) to produce the banners, postcards and posters used in their campaigns for women's enfranchisement. Unlike the Artists' Suffrage League who worked for the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies (NUWSS), the Suffrage Atelier welcomed the involvement of artists who lacked professional training. All work ceased in August 1914, however, with the outbreak of the First World War.

Laurence and Clemence Housman were co-founders of the Suffrage Atelier, and it was their home at No. 1 Pembroke Cottages from which the Atelier was based. (1)

Laurence and Clemence Housman took up occupancy of No.1 Pembroke Cottages in Kensington, London in 1902. (2)

Please see TQ2507479075 on OS map dated 2007 (MasterMap). This is the garden to No.1 Pembroke Square of Pembroke Cottages. On this map there is no structure in the garden that could constitute a studio. (3)

Without map evidence from 1910-1912, it is difficult to locate the exact position of the studio. Therefore, the location provided for the studio (TQ2507479075) is only approximate. Further evidence is also required to determine when it was built and how long it was in use for. (4)


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Source Number : 1
Source : The Women's Suffrage Movement A Reference Guide 1866-1928
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Source : World Wide Web page
Source details : Katharine Cockin, `Housman, Laurence (1865-1959)', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, online edn, Oxford University Press, Sept 2004 [accessed 19 July 2010]
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Source Number : 3
Source : Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date)
Source details : 2007 (MasterMap), 1:2500
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Source Number : 4
Source : Oral information, correspondence (not archived) or staff comments
Source details : Recorder's comments, Kathryn Hay, 19-JUL-2010
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Monument Types:
Monument Period Name : Post Medieval
Display Date : Built prior to 1910
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Monument Type : Artists Studio
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Early 20th Century
Display Date : Built prior to 1910
Monument End Date : 1910
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Monument Type : Artists Studio
Evidence : Documentary Evidence
Monument Period Name : Early 20th Century
Display Date : In use 1910-12
Monument End Date : 1912
Monument Start Date : 1910
Monument Type : Artists Studio, Office
Evidence : Documentary Evidence

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External Cross Reference Source : National Monuments Record Number
External Cross Reference Number : TQ 27 NE 460
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