Over the years, the Music Hall has been a political venue as well as a venue for entertainment. Christabel Pankhurst, daughter of Emmeline came to Aberdeen to speak here in the Ballroom in 1908. The Pankhursts had founded the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) in 1903, a militant organisation that fought for votes for women through violent protest such as smashing windows, setting fire to letter boxes and refusing to pay taxes. It was the WSPU that was referred to as ‘Suffragettes’. In 1912 four Aberdeen Suffragettes were arrested after ‘an incident’ in The Music Hall, during a meeting addressed by Lloyd George. They were held in Craiginches Prison in Aberdeen where they went on hunger strike to bring further attention to their cause.

British Newspaper Archive


January 1908