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Striking a Light: The Real Bryant and May Matchwomen

In the summer of 1888, fourteen hundred matchwomen walked out of Bryant & May's factory in the East End of London and into the history books.

The story of the unexpectedly successful strike of 'little matchgirls' against a powerful employer continues to exert a strong hold on the public imagination. However, this is a story in which the matchwomen themselves are curiously silent. Historian Louise Raw met and interviewed people who had known the matchwomen and shares her findings. This talk highlights how far removed these women were from the helpless 'matchgirl' image and were in fact very vocal women who even threatened violence against the 'Ripper' as his crimes began shortly after their victory.


Louise Raw | talks | www


Date and Time:

18 May 2011 at 7:00 pm


1 hour



The Women's Library
London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
E1 7NT
020 7320 2222

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London Metropolitan University
25 Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT

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