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Nancy Astor resources

Nancy: Plymouth to Parliament 1919

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of Nancy Astor's death and 95 years since she became the first female MP to take a seat in Parliament. Read more about her historic election campaign here.

Nancy: The Life and Times of Lady Astor

Originally produced for a 2013 exhibition at Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.

Nancy Astor Timeline

Before Waldorf

Meet the Astors

Family Life


Further Campaigns

Friend and Foe

Lady Mayoress

Nancy Astor's Plymouth

Later Years

A Final Chapter

Biography Downloads

Waldorf Astor biography

T.E. Lawrence biography

Audio downloads

Many thanks to Jo Loosemoore and BBC Radio Devon for our Maiden Speech recordings.

Lady Astor with Exeter clothing, Plymouth, 1941
© Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage)
Lady Astor with a couple in a newly bombed area, 1941
© Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage)
Nancy Astor autographing the helmet of a Canadian soldier in Plymouth, 1940
© Plymouth City Council (Arts and Heritage)