Top Events to Mark 100 Years of Voting Rights for Women

Sian Brett

2018 marks 100 years since some women were granted the right to vote, and to mark this momentous political and social occasion, celebrations and events are taking place all over the country. We’ve picked out the events, talks, and art pieces that we are most excited for to celebrate the brave and daring women who fought for equality.

‘A Woman’s Place’ at Abbey House Museum, Leeds
Abbey House Museum is hosting ‘A Woman’s Place’, an ongoing exhibition featuring objects and stories from women throughout history who have fought against gender inequality, from Suffragette Leonora Cohen to Olympic Medallist Nicola Adams. The Museum will also be hosting other talks, panel events and discussions, dissecting how women’s lives have changed from 100 years ago to today, and seeing what battles there still are to be fought.

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‘A Woman’s Place’ runs from 20 Jan – 31 Dec. Entry to Abbey House Museum is £4.95 for adults and you can find more information here.
‘Votes for Women’ at The Museum of London
The Museum of London is hosting a year-long exhibition to mark the centenary, featuring objects from the Suffragette campaign such as Emmeline Pankhurst’s Hunger Strike medal.
There are also events organised by the museum happening throughout the year, including a tour on a vintage Routemaster bus of locations which played a key role in the Suffrage movement and how the history of London and the Suffragettes are inexplicably tied together.

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‘Votes for Women’ runs from 2 Feb – 6 Jan 2019 and entry is free. Find out more information about the exhibition and events here. The Routemaster tour is £28pp and booking is recommended..

Wonder Woman Festival, Manchester
The annual city-wide Wonder Woman festival examines how Manchester’s rich history of suffrage is still present in its cultural institutions today. In this important year in women’s history, the festival looks set to be as exciting as ever.
Manchester Art Gallery will not only host the launch of the festival but will also be home to a year-long feminist takeover (23 Feb – 6 Jan 2019). Inspired by suffragist and radical artist Annie Swynnerton the takeover will consist of exhibitions, artist interventions and activities which challenge traditional gender roles. The Pankhurst Centre, site of Emmeline Pankhurst’s house and where she held the very first Women’s Social and Political Union meeting, will be hosting events as part of the Heritage Open Days Festival which will celebrate inspirational women who followed in Pankhurst’s footsteps and feature a live performance of Emily Wilding-Davison speeches.

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You can read more about Wonder Women 2018 and the other events taking place here.
Suffragette screening and Q&A with Sarah Gavron, The Mumford Theatre, Cambridge
The Mumford Theatre Cambridge will play host to a special screening of Suffragette (2015), which will be followed by a panel discussion. Suffragette -  Starring Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Anne-Marie Duff and Helena Bonham-Carter - tells the incredible true story of how the suffragettes fought for their rights, engaging in dangerous political protest and how the world around them reacted. Following the screening, the film’s director Sarah Gavron will be joined by historians and academics for a panel discussion.

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Suffragette will be shown at The Mumford Theatre on Monday 12 February 2018. Further information can be found here.  
The National Trust Nationwide Celebrations
The National Trust will be putting on events across their properties and locations honouring the important women who have lived in and near their sites. From Bodnant Garden in Conwy where suffragist Laura McLaren founded the Liberal Women’s Suffrage Union to Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, the home of the first female MP Nancy Astor, there are plenty of cultural hotspots celebrating women’s fight for equality, wherever you are.

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Find out more about how The National Trust are celebrating women’s suffrage here.

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