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Regional journalist’s letters to feature in suffragette history project

Prof PedersenA former regional journalist’s letters are set to be given prominence in a new £8,000 project about the history of the suffragette movement.

A collection of letters by Caroline Philips, a reporter at Press & Journal forerunner the Aberdeen Daily Journal, is set to be the focus point for a series of events to be held throughout autumn this year and next spring to engage the public with the history of the women’s suffrage campaign.

The collection includes letters from Emmeline Pankhurst, the leader of the British suffragette movement, and features the pair disagreeing over the best way to achieve their aims.

The letters, often written on Daily Journal stationery, include one from the editor of the paper warning her to be careful or she might lose her job.

Led by Sarah Pedersen, professor in communication and media at Aberdeen’s Robert Gordon University, the project has received £8,300 from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Prof Pedersen, pictured above left, told the Press & Journal: “I found the correspondence some years ago when I was doing my PhD.

“This is of course all handwritten so what I want to do is produce an edited collection explaining some of the issues.

“That is what the funding is helping me to do. I can then use it with local school pupils.”