Do you know the best thing about being a history nerd? That gone are the days when the only way you could show your history love was Belle-ing your way about town, nose in a book.
Now there is a whole plethora of incredible historic swag, from t-shirts – to mugs – to candles, AND make up palettes; you can immerse yourself in history from morning to night, ITS THE FRIGGIN BEST.
Today, we’re gonna focus on the most glorious of suffrage swag. And, to make it even more awesome, this is all stuff that either supports small/independent businesses, or museums; ya welcome.
FYI: I do work in history, so I do work with some of these shops, but I’m not getting paid for this, so anything below is my personal opinion/recommendation.
Votes for Women Mug, £10
Start your day the right way, with a feminist historic mug in which to hold that very vital first cup of coffee.
Now I can vouch for this, as I’m onto my third one of these bad boys (hey three over the course of four years isn’t bad, considering how clumsy I am!)
My favourite thing (bar the suffrage slogan) is that its made from bone china, which as I am sure all you tea buffs already know is the BEST thing in which to drink tea; seriously it makes the tea taste so much more awesome; game changer.
Where can I buy? National Portrait Gallery, £10
2. Suffragette Cross Stitch, £5.52
If you go into any suffrage archive you’ll see embroidery is literally everywhere. It’s in banners and handkerchiefs made by suffragettes in prison, it’s in toys and goods used to raise funds, its legit… EVERYWHERE
So what better way to pay homage to this crafty form of protest than with some cross-stitch?
This cross-stitch provides a PDF download with an easy to follow pattern (the shop also sells cross stitch patterns for Game of Thrones, Star Wars and my favourtie podcast, My Favourite Murder)
So if you’re not on the cross stitch train (and why not, its super relaxing and surprisingly easy) get on it!
Where can I buy? Etsy, Okay Kirst, £5.52
3. Pankhurst Artwork, £5
Still on the Esty wagon, we have this stunning minimalist (yet bold) Emmeline Pankhurst art.
I love this as a gorgeous way to get some history AND fancy looking art onto your walls, plus the shop also does prints of Rosa Parks, Malala and Louis Theroux (because why the fuck not)
Where can I buy? Etsy, Top Floor Store, £5
4. Suffragette Decoration, £12
I love this adorable suffragette decoration; designed for a christmas tree, but would equally be at home on a door, cupboard, or anything else with a handy handle for hanging. OR you can go rogue like UK MP Harriet Harman, and wear it as a brooch (seriously…this happened)
Where can I buy? Museum of London, £12
5. Even more suffrage decorations!, £4.99
Now if your all like, ‘boo, these last few suggestion haven’t been crafty enough for me, I’m basically Pinterest Queen, I NEED MORE CRAFT’ then calm the F down, I got you.
These paper decorations are yours for the crafting (or you know, for a child that you like). Plus all the proceeds go to Amnesty International, so you can donate AND do colouring!
6. Votes For Women Necklace, £30
It’s another thing that I own! This Tatty Devine necklace is a little more steep in price than the others, but I really do love it (for real, I wear this to death)
You can’t really see in this pic, but along with the ‘Votes For Women’ placard, the post holding the sign has the date of the suffrage centenary (1918-2018) which is a really lovely touch!
Where can I buy? Museum of London, £30 (also comes as a brooch)
7. Votes for Women Enamel Pin, £8
Back at it again with that Etsy love! This enamel suffrage pin is just the ticket to add to any bag/coat/blazer/other form of clothing you fancy.
As an added bonus the shop that sells this beauty also sells a tons of other amazing feminist pins AND some really fantastic nerd stuff (hello X Files pins…)
Where can I buy? Etsy, Sweet and Lovely, £8
BONUS SISTER SUFFRAGETTE STUFF
I’m sorry, but what suffrage swag list would this be if I didn’t include some Mary Poppins love? A terrible one… duh.
I mean…. what else can I say? I WANT IT, I WANT IT RIGHT NOW, TAKE MY MONEY!
Where can I buy? Etsy, Sweet and Lovely, £22.30
So, there it is, the ultimate guide to suffrage swag. Now go forth and make the world a more equal and aware place!
Note: The Pankhurst Centre also has a cracking online shop, however at the time of writing this was closed for maintenance.