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Surveillance photograph of suffragette Olive Beamish: 1913-1914

Surveillance photograph of suffragette Olive Beamish: 1913-1914
4 0 c m
actual image size: 22cm x 30cm

Full image caption

Surveillance photograph of a suffragette exercising in the yard at Holloway prison. This shot was taken by an undercover police photographer. On the back is handwritten ‘P. Brady’ and in different handwriting ‘Phyllis Brady’.
Olive Beamish (1890-1978) was a suffragette who used the alias Phyllis Brady. She joined the Women’s Social and Political Union at 16 and worked for them on her graduation from Cambridge in 1912. Imprisoned after being found in possession of incendiary materials, Beamish was released under the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act and evaded the police. She was imprisoned again for burning down Lady White’s house in Egham, Surrey, in March 1913. From 1914 Beamish worked with Sylvia Pankhurst’s East London Federation of Suffragettes.
Scotland Yard undertook covert photography of militant suffragettes from 1913. The images were used to identify suffragettes attempting to enter public buildings such as museums and art galleries, where they might attempt to damage the objects.

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1913 AD - 1914 AD
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