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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

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

Vanishing for the Vote

Vanishing for the Vote

By 1911, Asquith's Liberal government seemed no nearer granting women the right to vote. So that spring, suffragettes planned to boycott the census. Their mantra was: 'No Vote, No Census!'. Their boycott plans soon entered the popular imagination - as this comic postcard illustrates.

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

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.