Matchwomen’s Strike of 1888 – Event in Brighton

The real story of the Bryant & May’s Matchwomen’s Strike of 1888

With Louise Raw, Author of “Striking a Light”

Part of STRUGGLE: Brighton History Workshop

Saturday the 2nd of July
Workshops 1pm-5pm
Admission free

Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton
Contact Terry at

Sponsored by Labour History Movement Publications and the Walter Southgate Trust

In the summer of 1888, Fourteen hundred matchwomen walked out of Bryant & May’s factory in the East End of London and into the history books. The story of the unexpectedly successful strike of matchwomen against a powerful employer continues to exert a strong hold on the public imagination. It is a story in which the matchwomen themselves have until now been curiously silent. Louise Raw, highlights how far removed they were from the helpless ‘matchgirl’ image. She also demolishes the myth that the matchworkers were led by middle-class Fabian Annie Besant.


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