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Petition Collection

"Voices Unsilenced: The Power of Petition" In the annals of history, few acts have proven as influential and empowering as the act of petitioning

Background imagePetition Collection: EMMELINE PANKHURST (1858-1928). English woman-suffrage advocate. Mrs

EMMELINE PANKHURST (1858-1928). English woman-suffrage advocate. Mrs. Pankhurst arrested outside Buckingham Palace, London, while trying to present a petition to King George V, 21 May 1914

Background imagePetition Collection: Uk / Chartism / Punch, 1848

Uk / Chartism / Punch, 1848
Cartoon of a hoax petition which included the signatures of Queen Victoria, seventeen (!) Dukes of Wellington and others!

Background imagePetition Collection: Arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst outside Buckingham Palace, London, 21 May 1914 (b / w photo)

Arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst outside Buckingham Palace, London, 21 May 1914 (b / w photo)
6029649 Arrest of Emmeline Pankhurst outside Buckingham Palace, London, 21 May 1914 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePetition Collection: Letter to Lord Fairfax from Gerrard Winstanley (c. 1609-60) on behalf of the Diggers at St

Letter to Lord Fairfax from Gerrard Winstanley (c. 1609-60) on behalf of the Diggers at St
XJF206134 Letter to Lord Fairfax from Gerrard Winstanley (c.1609-60) on behalf of the Diggers at St. George Hill, Surrey, printed 1649 (engraving) (b/w photo) by English School

Background imagePetition Collection: Puritans Before James I, c1600, (1890). Creator: Unknown

Puritans Before James I, c1600, (1890). Creator: Unknown
Puritans Before James I, c1600, (1890). James VI and I (1566-1625) faced complicated religious challenges during his reigns in Scotland and England, in London

Background imagePetition Collection: The Bill of Rights Presented to William and Mary, 1689, (mid 19th century). Creator: Unknown

The Bill of Rights Presented to William and Mary, 1689, (mid 19th century). Creator: Unknown
The Bill of Rights Presented to William and Mary, 1689, (mid 19th century). King William III (1650-1702) and Queen Mary II (1662-1694) of Great Britain agreeing an Act of Parliament

Background imagePetition Collection: The Fitzwilliam copy of the Olive Branch Petition, 1775

The Fitzwilliam copy of the Olive Branch Petition, 1775. The Olive Branch Petition was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on July 5, 1775

Background imagePetition Collection: The Sick Prince, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (etching)

The Sick Prince, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (etching)
NCO193114 The Sick Prince, published by S.W. Fores in 1787 (etching) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Courtesy of the Warden and Scholars of New College, Oxford; (add.info.: George)

Background imagePetition Collection: Anti Common Market newsagent, Redcar. 1971

Anti Common Market newsagent, Redcar. 1971

Background imagePetition Collection: A petition signed by staff of Avana Bakery, Cardiff, is going to be presented to their

A petition signed by staff of Avana Bakery, Cardiff, is going to be presented to their local MP Mr James Callaghan, against proposed takeover of the firm

Background imagePetition Collection: The league for the rights of women

The league for the rights of women
French women in a car in the streets of Paris, demonstrating for their right to vote. They were members of the league for the rights of women'. Date: 1925

Background imagePetition Collection: Women and children, mining

Women and children, mining
Women and children of the mining districts. Children would gather coal. A Typical Pit-brow Woman; She was one of the 6, 221 females employed above ground

Background imagePetition Collection: Coal Supplies in England

Coal Supplies in England which were gradually used up because of the coal strike. The national coal strike of 1912 was the first national strike by coal miners in the United Kingdom

Background imagePetition Collection: Coal crisis in Portsmouth

Coal crisis in Portsmouth
Navy coping with the coal crisis in Cribb Portsmouth. The national coal strike of 1912 was the first national strike by coal miners in the United Kingdom. Its main goal was securing a minimum wage

Background imagePetition Collection: Stela of User. Egypt

Stela of User. Egypt
Stela of User. Decorated with hieroglyphic inscriptions on the petition of offerings to the Ka of User. Central scene depicts the deceased with his dog and sitting at the table of offerings

Background imagePetition Collection: Children campaigning for more nursery places

Children campaigning for more nursery places, 7 July 1979. With them is the Labour MP, Neil Kinnock. As indicated on their badges, some of the children were also campaigning in 1968

Background imagePetition Collection: People's March for Jobs 1981 Petition

People's March for Jobs 1981 Petition
At 10 Downing Street, thousands of petition forms are handed in to Ian Gow, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's parliamentary private secretary, by Eric Varley, Labour MP for Chesterfield

Background imagePetition Collection: Chartist petition procession

Chartist petition procession
A print of the chartists procession of 1842 taking the great national petition of 3, 317, 702 signatures to the House of Commons

Background imagePetition Collection: Michael Meacher, British Labour politician

Michael Meacher, British Labour politician
Michael Hugh Meacher (b 1939), British Labour politician, served as Minister of State for the Environment 1997-2003. Seen here campaigning with others against the closure of the Peter Pan Ward in

Background imagePetition Collection: Russia, Arrest of a Moujik while offering a Petition to the Czar in the Streets of St Petersburg

Russia, Arrest of a Moujik while offering a Petition to the Czar in the Streets of St Petersburg (engraving)
1045178 Russia, Arrest of a Moujik while offering a Petition to the Czar in the Streets of St Petersburg (engraving) by Durand, Godefroy (1832-1896); Private Collection; (add.info.: Russia)

Background imagePetition Collection: Compromise or Covenant of Nobles

Compromise or Covenant of Nobles
6317467 Compromise or Covenant of Nobles by Trigt, Hendrik Albert van (1829-99) (after); (add.info.: Representatives of the lesser nobility in the Habsburg Netherlands submit a petition to)

Background imagePetition Collection: The Sheriffs of London presenting a Petition to the House of Commons (engraving)

The Sheriffs of London presenting a Petition to the House of Commons (engraving)
1602859 The Sheriffs of London presenting a Petition to the House of Commons (engraving) by Wilson, Thomas Walter (1851-1912); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePetition Collection: March of London matchmakers protesting against halfpenny tax on every box of matches

March of London matchmakers protesting against halfpenny tax on every box of matches, 1871 (wood engraving)
3245400 March of London matchmakers protesting against halfpenny tax on every box of matches, 1871 (wood engraving) by British School, (19th century); Private Collection; Peter Newark Pictures

Background imagePetition Collection: The confederacy of Dutch nobles presenting a petition of their grievances to Margaret of Parma

The confederacy of Dutch nobles presenting a petition of their grievances to Margaret of Parma
3647766 The confederacy of Dutch nobles presenting a petition of their grievances to Margaret of Parma, Governor of the Spanish Netherlands, 1566 (engraving) by European School

Background imagePetition Collection: Comic postcard, Drunkard signing petition to shut the pubs at ten. Date: 20th century

Comic postcard, Drunkard signing petition to shut the pubs at ten. Date: 20th century

Background imagePetition Collection: Presentation of the Great Admiral to the Sultan

Presentation of the Great Admiral to the Sultan. The flotilla of barges greets the king with an artillery salute. Prezentazione al Sultano del Grande Ammiraglio

Background imagePetition Collection: David the Psalmist, Petition (engraving)

David the Psalmist, Petition (engraving)
5200563 David the Psalmist, Petition (engraving) by Schnorr von Carolsfeld, Julius (1794-1872) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: David the Psalmist, Petition)

Background imagePetition Collection: A Hackney Meeting, pub. 1796 (hand coloured engraving)

A Hackney Meeting, pub. 1796 (hand coloured engraving)
2966806 A Hackney Meeting, pub. 1796 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray, James (1757-1815); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imagePetition Collection: Title page of The True Levellers Standard, published 26th April 1649 (engraving

Title page of The True Levellers Standard, published 26th April 1649 (engraving
XJF206130 Title page of The True Levellers Standard, published 26th April 1649 (engraving) (b/w photo) by English School, (17th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imagePetition Collection: Album of Mughal dynastic genealogy, 1855 (opaque w / c & gold on paper)

Album of Mughal dynastic genealogy, 1855 (opaque w / c & gold on paper)
874371 Album of Mughal dynastic genealogy, 1855 (opaque w/c & gold on paper) by Khan, Haqim Ahasan Ullah (fl.1855); 46 x34 cm; San Diego Museum of Art

Background imagePetition Collection: The favourite dog of James I. discovered with a petition round his neck

The favourite dog of James I. discovered with a petition round his neck, begging the king to attend to State Affairs
654426 The favourite dog of James I. discovered with a petition round his neck, begging the king to attend to State Affairs (engraving) by English School

Background imagePetition Collection: The Question Of Divorce In Italy, The Public Subscribes Petitions Against Divorce In The

The Question Of Divorce In Italy, The Public Subscribes Petitions Against Divorce In The Sacristies (colour litho)
2798515 The Question Of Divorce In Italy, The Public Subscribes Petitions Against Divorce In The Sacristies (colour litho) by Beltrame

Background imagePetition Collection: The late Events at Tahiti (engraving)

The late Events at Tahiti (engraving)
1625020 The late Events at Tahiti (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The late Events at Tahiti)

Background imagePetition Collection: Two suffragettes signing a petition

Two suffragettes signing a petition for womens suffrage to be presented to the Prime Minister Herbert Asquith, following the conclusion of a Womens March from Edinburgh to London Date: 1912

Background imagePetition Collection: Suffragettes at a campaign stand, c. 1910 (b / w photo)

Suffragettes at a campaign stand, c. 1910 (b / w photo)
XJF275673 Suffragettes at a campaign stand, c.1910 (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imagePetition Collection: Petition crown, 1663 (metal)

Petition crown, 1663 (metal)
1220148 Petition crown, 1663 (metal) by Simon, Thomas (c. 1623-65); The Royal Mint Museum, Llantrisant, UK; (add.info.: Charles II (29 May 1630 - 6 February 1685)

Background imagePetition Collection: The Nobles presenting the Petition to Margaret of Parma (engraving)

The Nobles presenting the Petition to Margaret of Parma (engraving)
2800400 The Nobles presenting the Petition to Margaret of Parma (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Nobles presenting the Petition to Margaret of Parma)

Background imagePetition Collection: Mrs. Livingstone presenting the Petition to the Lord Chancellor (engraving)

Mrs. Livingstone presenting the Petition to the Lord Chancellor (engraving)
725556 Mrs. Livingstone presenting the Petition to the Lord Chancellor (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mrs)

Background imagePetition Collection: Great National Petition (engraving)

Great National Petition (engraving)
586272 Great National Petition (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Print for the London and Middlesex Archaeological Society)

Background imagePetition Collection: The grand meeting of the Metropolitan Trades Unions in the Copenhagen Fields

The grand meeting of the Metropolitan Trades Unions in the Copenhagen Fields, 21 April 1834 (coloured engraving)
560296 The grand meeting of the Metropolitan Trades Unions in the Copenhagen Fields, 21 April 1834 (coloured engraving) by English School

Background imagePetition Collection: Procession of the match makers to Westminster 1871 AD (litho)

Procession of the match makers to Westminster 1871 AD (litho)
1266342 Procession of the match makers to Westminster 1871 AD (litho) by Almond, William Douglas (1866-1916); Private Collection; (add.info.: Cassells History of England pulished circa 1920)

Background imagePetition Collection: Lord George Gordon (1752-93) 1780 (engraving) (b / w photo)

Lord George Gordon (1752-93) 1780 (engraving) (b / w photo)
CHT214786 Lord George Gordon (1752-93) 1780 (engraving) (b/w photo) by English School, (18th century); Bibliotheque des Arts Decoratifs, Paris

Background imagePetition Collection: Captain Thomas Coram, 1740 (oil on canvas)

Captain Thomas Coram, 1740 (oil on canvas)
CF1618 Captain Thomas Coram, 1740 (oil on canvas) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); 239x147.5 cm; Coram in the care of the Foundling Museum

Background imagePetition Collection: The Dissolution or The Alchymist producing an Aetherial Representation, pub

The Dissolution or The Alchymist producing an Aetherial Representation, pub
2966808 The Dissolution or The Alchymist producing an Aetherial Representation, pub. 1796 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray



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"Voices Unsilenced: The Power of Petition" In the annals of history, few acts have proven as influential and empowering as the act of petitioning. From Emmeline Pankhurst's valiant efforts to secure women's suffrage to the Chartists' demand for political reform, petitions have been a catalyst for change throughout time. One iconic moment etched in our collective memory is that fateful day on May 21, 1914. Emmeline Pankhurst, a fearless English woman-suffrage advocate, stood outside Buckingham Palace with unwavering determination. Her goal? To present a petition to King George V himself. Yet her noble endeavor was met with resistance; she was arrested amidst the echoes of her plea for equality. This black-and-white photograph captures the essence of that historic event—a testament to Mrs. Pankhurst's unwavering spirit and her fight against societal norms that sought to confine women within narrow boundaries. But this struggle did not begin or end with Mrs. Pankhurst alone. Centuries earlier, Gerrard Winstanley penned a letter on behalf of the Diggers at St. , imploring Lord Fairfax for justice and land rights during an era marked by social inequality. The fight for equal rights extended beyond gender disparities too—coal miners fought tirelessly alongside women and children in their quest for fair treatment and improved working conditions during coal crises in England. Even ancient civilizations recognized the power behind petitions—the Stela of User from Egypt stands tall as evidence that people have long used written appeals to voice their grievances and seek redress from those in power. From one generation to another, we witness how ordinary individuals can come together under common causes—such as campaigning for more nursery places or demanding jobs—as exemplified by children advocating through petitions or participants marching en masse during People's March for Jobs in 1981, and are not merely ink on paper—they are the embodiment of hope, unity, and resilience.