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Dr Jacqui Turner’s research of the Astor Papers, held at the University of Reading Special Collections, has uncovered an array of letters and documents that chart Nancy Astor’s career and life.

A digital exhibition ‘An Unconventional MP’: The political career of Nancy Astor in 50 documents’, will showcase documents from the archives to illustrate Nancy Astor’s political career and her legacy.

The digital exhibition will appear week by week on Twitter (@LadyAstor100) and Instagram from 28th November 2018, and a permanent digital exhibition will follow. It will make available documents and images from the Astor Papers which communicate key milestones in the career of Nancy Astor and illustrate her legacy from her election in 1919 until the anniversary of her maiden speech in February 1920.

A curated blog series written by internationally renowned academics, researchers and past and present female politicians will accompany the digital exhibition.

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The Nancy Astor Papers are the most comprehensive collection of papers of any female politician and include political correspondence 1919–1945 and parliamentary papers, general correspondence 1900–1964 and a large volumes of newspaper cuttings 1908–1964.

Image: Dr Jacqui Turner (centre) exploring the Astor Papers with students Melanie Khuddro (left) and Rachel Newton (right).