Christina Broom: Soldiers and Suffragettes

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 (© Christina Broom)
© Christina Broom

Christina Broom, 'Suffragettes taking part in a pageant organised by The National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies', 13 June 1908 © Christina Broom


Christina Broom, 'Suffragette Christabel Pankhurst, co-founder of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), photographed inside The Women's Exhibition, held at the Princes' Skating Rink, Knightsbridge', May 1909. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'Nurses and midwives marching in their uniforms to the Albert Hall as part of the Pageant of Women's Trades and Professions', 27 April 1909. © Christina Broom/Museum of London


Christina Broom with her stall at the Women’s War Work Exhibition, Princes’ Skating Rink, Knightsbridge, 1916. © Christina Broom/Museum of London


Christina Broom, 'An early Broom photograph taken along Oxford Street', c.1905. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'The Oxford rowing team at the University boat race, with photographer Alexander Korda at the water’s edge, Putney', 1911. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'Women and children participating in the Army Pageant, Fulham Palace', 1910. © Christina Broom/Museum of London

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Christina Broom

Christina Broom, 'Women police officers and Inspector Mary Allen, a former suffragette, at the Women’s War Work Exhibition, London', 1916. © Christina Broom/Museum of London


Christina Broom, ''Bermondsey B’hoys’ from the 2nd Grenadier Guards inside their base at Wellington Barracks', either 1914 or 1915. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'Group photograph with Irish Guards on St Patrick’s Day, Wellington Barracks', 1908. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'Coachmen and visitors at the Royal Mews', c.1920. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'An early Broom photograph of a J. Lyons tea stall on the platform at Victoria Station', c.1905. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'The first American contingent of the War, briefly in Wellington Barracks', 1917. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Christina Broom, 'Guards from the 4th Battalion Grenadiers enjoying Christmas Dinner at Chelsea Barracks', 1915. © Christina Broom/Museum of London 


Portrait of Christina Broom taken by her daughter Winifred Broom, prior to the funeral of King Edward VII, May 1910. © Christina Broom/Museum of London

The life and work of the extraordinary female photographer is celebrated in this survey

Considered the first female press photographer, Christina Broom took to the Edwardian London streets documenting daily routines and notable events. From First World war soldiers enjoying Christmas lunch and suffragettes campaigning for women’s right to Oxford Street bustling with horse drawn carriages and the Oxford and Cambridge boat race, Broom’s candid approach, captured pivotal moments of cultural history. She peddled her photographic postcards from a stall at the gates of the Royal Mews in London, a choice spot not least for the fact she was often given unprecedented access to many Royal occasions. Here, previously unseen photographs from private collections will be brought together with negative plates, postcards and personal memorabilia giving this unsung hero of photography, her time in the spotlight.

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