These are a selection of images contained within The Muriel Matters Society’s collection. For more information on each of these images, or to arrange to use them in your personal research, please contact The Society directly.
Hear Muriel’s Voice!
This is the only known voice recording of Muriel Matters. Recorded in 1939, it is a portion of a speech she gave to BBC Radio. Containing a detailed description of her journey in the ‘Votes For Women’ airship, she briefly mentions public speaking, the Grille Incident and her commitment to the cause of women.
If you are in the UK click here for a link to the recording. Or, for those in Australia (or anywhere else in the world) click play below to hear the same recording. Many thanks to the BBC Online Archive for providing The Society with the audio.
The Grille Incident Depicted in the ‘Royal Cavalcade’
Muriel Matters’ involvement in the Grille Protest was dramatized in the ‘Royal Cavalcade’ – a British black and white film from 1935. The drama is a pastiche of notable events from the previous twenty-five years that was commissioned to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of King George V. Actual newsreel footage appears alongside scenes re-enacted by actors (like the one showing the Grille Protest). In addition to the Grille Protest, the film alludes to the militant agitation of Christabel Pankhurst and the WSPU, the infamous death of Emily Davidson at the Epson Derby as well as Nancy Astor taking her seat in British Parliament. Many thanks to Eileen Luscombe for unearthing this material and notifying the Muriel Matters Society that the scene existed!!
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