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DILKE, Emilia Frances (1840-1904)


Reference code(s): GB 1924 Dilke

Held at: Trades Union Congress (TUC) Library Collections and University Archives at London Metropolitan University

Title: DILKE, Emilia Frances (1840-1904)

Date(s): 1891-1892

Level of description: Collection (Fonds)

Extent: 1 volume

Name of creator(s): Dilke | Emilia Frances | 1840-1904 | nee Strong, art historian and trade unionist


Administrative/Biographical history:

Emilia Frances Dilke: Born Ilfracombe, Devon, 2 Sep 1840, daughter of Major Henry Strong; educated privately; married firstly Mark Pattison, Rector of Lincoln College Oxford (d 1884) in 1862, secondly Sir Charles Wentworth Dilke Bt, MP, in 1885; contributed articles and reviews on art history to many periodicals including to The Westminster Review, The Saturday Review, Academy, The Art Journal and the Gazette des Beaux Arts.
In 1876 she joined the Women's Protective and Provident League (later the Women's Trade Union League) which had been founded by Emma Patterson in 1874. She spoke at annual meetings of the League in 1877 and in 1880, when she urged the need for technical education for women. She founded a branch in Oxford and was also an active member of the Women's Suffrage Society at Oxford. From 1889-1904 she attended the Trades Union Congress as a representative of the League, and frequently spoke at meetings throughout the country on labour questions affecting women, particularly the cause of unskilled workers in dangerous trades. She died at Pyrford Rough, Woking, 24 Oct 1904.
Publications: Renaissance of Art in France (1879); a critical biography of Lord Leighton in the series Dumas' Modern Artists (1881); Art in the Modern State or the Age of Louis XIV , (1884); Claude Lorrain, d'apres des documents inedits (1884); French Painters of the Eighteenth Century(1889); French Architects and Sculptors of the Eighteenth Century (1900); French Engravers and Draughtsmen of the Eighteenth Century (1902) and two volumes of short stories The Shrine of Death, and other Stories (1886) and The Shrine of Love, and other Stories (1891).


Scope and content/abstract:

Notebook of Emilia Frances, Lady Dilke, 1890-1891, containing notes on labour questions affecting women, used by Lady Dilke in speeches for the Women's Trade Union League; subjects include women in unskilled trades; labour in the great towns; notes for speech in Newcastle-unon-Tyne, 1891; shop assistants and notes for speech to Girls' Letter Guild, Birmingham, 1892.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

Single volume

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers at the discretion of the TUC Librarian.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the TUC Librarian and subject to copyright conditions.

Physical characteristics:

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Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

Immediate source of acquisition:

Probably transferred to the TUC Library when the WTUL was absorbed into the TUC in 1921.


Existence and location of originals:

Existence and location of copies:

Related material:

The Library also holds the papers of the Womens' Trade Union League and the papers of Gertrude Tuckwell, Secretary and later President of the WTUL.

The British Library holds correspondence and papers of Lady Dilke, (Reference: Add MSS 42570, 42575, 43903-08, 43913, 43934, 43946, 45655, 49455, 49611). The House of Lords Record Office holds correspondence with Herbert Samuel (Ref. Samuel Papers).

Publication note:



Archivist's note: Compiled by Alan Kucia as part of the RSLP AIM25 Project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules forthe Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: May 2002

Trade unions | Labour relations
Women workers | Workers | Personnel | People by occupation | People
Womens employment | Employment
Womens rights | Rights of special groups

Personal names
Dilke | Emilia Frances | 1840-1904 | née Strong, art historian and trade unionist

Corporate names
Women's Trade Union League x Women's Protective and Provident League