Aberdeen Art Gallery holds a collection of correspondence and papers that belonged to a woman journalist called Caroline Phillips. Most of the correspondence dates from between 1907 and 1909 and deals with the organisation of the Aberdeen branch of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), otherwise known as the Suffragettes. Caroline Phillips was honorary secretary of the Aberdeen branch of the WSPU.
Caroline Phillips was not just a suffragette, she was also a journalist at the Aberdeen Daily Journal. Journalism was beginning to open to women as a career in the early days of the 20th century, but Caroline Phillips would still have stood out in the press room as one of only a handful of women.
Some of her correspondence will be on special display at the Aberdeen Maritime Museum during the summer of 2018.
The full edition of the correspondence is available here: https://openair.rgu.ac.uk/handle/10059/2588
Professor Sarah Pedersen
Sarah Pedersen is Professor of Communication and Media at Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen. Her research focuses on women’s negotiation of their identity via printed and online Media, whether that is in contemporary sources such as Mumsnet and blogs, or historical sources such as newspapers. She is the author of The Scottish Suffragettes and the Press (Palgrave Macmillan 2017).