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Clara Mary Lambert (Catherine Wilson)

(1874-1969), Suffragette

Sitter in 1 portrait
An early member of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), Lambert is remembered for damaging objects at The British Museum with a meat cleaver and dressing as a man to enter Parliament in 1914. The police had already been alerted by Special Branch 'to be on the alert to detect a woman dressed as a man'. After being arrested, she was sentenced to six weeks hard labour. As well as being associated with the militant tactics of the WSPU, she also printed The Suffragette, often moving the printing press to safe houses. She used two alias names, Catherine Wilson and May Stewart. In 1915, she joined the first Women's Police Service and became involved with the welfare of female munition workers in Wales.

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Mary Raleigh Richardson; Clara Mary Lambert (Catherine Wilson), by Unknown photographer - NPG x136416

Mary Raleigh Richardson; Clara Mary Lambert (Catherine Wilson)

by Unknown photographer
Criminal Record Office memorandum, Issued 24 April 1914
NPG x136416

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Julie Robinson

19 February 2018, 12:56

I think that in the exhibition on Women's suffrage you have identified the sitter as Catherine Wilson and given Clara Lambert as the alias whereas it should be the other way around. She was an active member of the Lewisham branch of the WSPU. She is also one of the women who made the Lewisham branch WSPU banner, now in the Museum of London.

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