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Suffrage Centenary

9 February 2018 - 30 June 2018

February 2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918, which gave some women over the age of 30 the right to vote in the UK and catalysed the continuing fight for gender parity.
While not a UK Friends of NMWA event, the breadth of activity across the UK merits our listings.

Below we list how museums across the UK are recognising this with exhibitions and events. Click on the exhibition titles for more detail.Women’s suffrage started in the 19th Century, becoming a national movement.  By 1906, when sentiments hardened, the militant campaign began with the formation of the Women’s Social & Political Union (WSPU), led by Emmeline Pankhurst of Manchester.

UK-wide, organisations are taking the opportunity to commemorate this significant anniversary in the form of exhibitions, lectures, plays, performances, music, book displays, and many other types of events.

There are numerous exhibitions which aim to capture the effects of the movement, and cater for all tastes.

The Centenary has led several groups to commission new work:

There are myriad other exciting events to entice you, such as

There is music and theatre!

International Women’s Day –  occurs annually in March, and some organisations are using March to also recognise the Suffragettes.  A select few are included for your information:

For a contemporary take on the topic of Suffragettes, read the very entertaining article ‘Meet the New Suffragettes’, in Vogue, February 2018.
We can’t list them all, but hope this flavour of events encourages you to look locally for even more suffrage celebrations.  Check inews, Stylist, The Guardian and The Culture Diary to name a few.


9 February 2018
30 June 2018
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