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Title

For Empire

Object Name

Badge

Maker

WD Lewis (Badges) Ltd (Primary maker)

Date Made

c.1910
c.1910

Place Made

England: Birmingham
Birmingham

Description

Junior Imperial & Constitutional League badge with pin fastening at back, 'For Empire.' Circular badge with English and Union Jack flag, and Crown on top. The JICL was formed in 1906 with the aims of creating an interest in politics among young persons aged 15 to 25 years and organised to serve the needs of the Conservative political party. The JICL was an autonomous group within the Conservative Party with its own headquarters. By 1919 women members were admitted and this greatly bolstered the JICL’s membership when at its peak it had over 100,000 in more than 300 branches. A major political theme was Imperial Unity to strengthen links between countries within the British Empire both political and economic.

Materials

brass, enamel

Place Collected

Northern Ireland: County Antrim: Belfast
Belfast

Catalogue Number

BELUM.W2012.91

Copyright

National Museums NI