Locating Sylvia Pankhurst

by Joan Ashworth


Methods of research

Exploratory experimental animation
  • Cotton mill worker
  • Prison sketch
  • Skirt and shoes
  • Books
Experiential activism





Cotton mill worker

This experiment uses animation to unfreeze Pankhurst painting of a Glasgow cotton mill worker and give her a voice. The voice here belongs to Elizabeth Dean, former suffragette, who was interviewed in 1978 on the 50th Anniversary of the Act that gave women the vote.

Women workers of England: Northern Painting tour.

Recording courtesy of BBC Archive.

Painting “Minding a fine pair of frames” by Sylvia Pankhurst, 1907, courtesy of Richard Pankhurst.