The extraordinary life and work of Christina Broom, considered to be the UK’s first female press photographer, is celebrated in the first major exhibition of her work at the Museum of London Docklands which opens on Friday.

Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom includes a cross section of her work, including Suffragette processions, First World War soldiers, official photographs of the Household Division and key London events, from the Lord Mayor’s Parade and royal coronations and funerals to historical pageants. These photographs are joined by original glass plate negatives, and objects which build a fuller picture of Broom’s character and her career, including personal possessions, a suffragette banner, letters, press passes, notebooks and a cuttings album.

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