‘Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament’ exhibition at Palace of Westminster
The Parliamentary Art Collection’s Deputy Curator, Melanie Unwin, hosts a private evening tour of this intriguing exhibition, covering the campaign for votes for women and their representation in Parliament.
Staged in the majestic Westminster Hall, the exhibition uses immersive and interactive technologies to tell the story of a century of women’s voices in the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Mapping the journey to universal suffrage and the first female MPs, the exhibition features key historic objects from Parliamentary collections and a series of significant artefacts from around the UK. One of the star loans reveals the story of Alice Hawkins, a Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) suffragette from Leicester who was jailed five times for campaigning for women’s rights. The loan from Hawkins’s family includes her original WSPU sash, a ‘Holloway’ portcullis brooch and the hunger strike medal awarded by the WSPU. This is the first time these items have been put on public display.
Following our tour with Melanie we move to the Jubilee Room above Westminster Hall to enjoy a glass of champagne and a chance for further discussion about the exhibition.
● Fully booked
Friday 20 July 2018
6 — 8pm
Meet at the visitor entrance of the Palace of Westminster. Full directions with ticket.