A GUID Cause, The Women's Suffrage Movement in Scotland - Their struggles for change withing society

'A guid cause' ... The women's suffrage movement in Scotland


This resource will help you to discover more about the history of the women's suffrage movement in Scotland by exploring and investigating archive sources from the National Library of Scotland's collections.

Developed by teachers

The projects and learning activities have been developed by teachers specifically for use by secondary school pupils and teachers. The activities support the outcomes, experiences and capacities outlined in the Curriculum for Excellence.

Activities and research

The sources section contains a selection of archive material, including photographs, newspaper articles and diary entries, which help tell the story of women's suffrage in Scotland. The three projects use these sources as a basis for classroom activities and individual research and investigation. Each of the activities can also be downloaded and printed. The teachers' sections contain further information and guidance about using the resource.

The National Library of Scotland (NLS) is one of the great libraries of the world, with a collection of around 14 million printed items, 2 million maps, 32,000 films and over 3 miles of manuscripts covering virtually every subject. NLS is the world's leading centre for the study of Scotland and the Scots, and the collections span the centuries from early times to the digital age.  As well as supporting the work of academic researchers, the Library engages visitors of all ages and interests through an ongoing programme of learning activities, exhibitions and events. For more information, please visit the National Library of Scotland website.

The image on the homepage of this website was provided courtesy of the National Archives.

NLS would like to thank the following individuals who were involved in developing this resource:

Emile Flett, Stromness Academy, Orkney

Lawrie Johnston, Douglas Ewart High School, Dumfries and Galloway

Sylivia Mercer, Aith Junior High School, Shetland

Sue Moody, Total Publishing Solutions Ltd.

James Pringle, Holyrood High School, Edinburgh

Anne-Marie Rodden, Sanquhar Academy, Dumfries and Galloway

Marsali Taylor, Aith Junior High School, Shetland