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So what was special about the 1911 census?

Caravanning for the Vote

Laurence and Clemence Housman

Census resisters - right across England

Mass evasions

Manchester: census city?

Census surprises

Census homes

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Vanishing for the Vote


By spring 1911, suffragette plans to boycott the census had entered the popular imagination - as this comic postcard illustrates.

A comedy film, Scroggins Takes the Census, was also produced. Sadly it has not been possible to trace a copy of the film. However, over a century later the boycott still inspires film-makers  

The National Archives ran a film competition and in second place is Eglantine Pillet's short animation film, 'No Vote, No Census' - well worth a one-minute peak.

Vanishing for the Vote is lavishly illustrated by 50 images. It includes 5 maps, and an authoritative Gazetteer of Campaigners compiled jointly with Elizabeth Crawford (The Women's Suffrage Movement: A Reference Guide). The Gazetteer lists 500 schedules completed on census night 1911 - by region, by county (or London borough), by town or city, and by neighbourhood.

So what was special about the 1911 census?


Useful links

Talks on Vanishing for the Vote

2011 Census Centenary

Manchester University Press

Oxford Journals - most read. Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Crawford, ‘”Women do not count, neither shall they be counted”: suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the 1911 census’, History Workshop Journal, 2011.

Women and her Sphere


Beyond the Reach of the Census’, ‘Reliable’ comic postcard, no date, but undoubtedly Mar-Apr 1911. Author image collection