Representation of the People Act centenary events

This page includes a list of events to mark the centenary of the 'Representation of the People Act 1918'.

About these events

Department for Communities is co-ordinating a series of events in Northern Ireland throughout the 2018 centenary year.  This landmark Act gave voting rights to women and paved the way for universal suffrage (the right of almost all adults to vote in political elections).

PRONI events

This series of events, hosted by the 'Public Record Office of Northern Ireland'  (PRONI) aims to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, 1918 and explore some of the key archives and research about suffrage in Ireland. 

2018 dates Event Time Find out more
2 July 

Launch of PRONI exhibition to mark the Representation of the People Act 1918 - Voices and Votes: Suffrage and Representation of the People, 1832 - 1928

This exhibition explores the journey from reform of the 40-shilling franchise to universal suffrage and recognises some of the many people who championed change.

1.00 pm Details to be published on the following PRONI page: Talks and events 
December  (date to be confirmed) Event to mark the 1918 General Election. To be confirmed Details to be published on the following PRONI page: Talks and events 

Other events

2018 date/time/venue Event Book
November (date/time to be confirmed), at Mount Stewart The National Trust will be highlighting the contribution of Edith, Lady Londonderry to women’s suffrage, working in partnership with PRONI. Mount Stewart will host a touring exhibition of portraits, prints and drawings from the National Portrait Gallery.  More details to follow.
Autumn (date, time, venue to be confirmed) Mid and East Antrim Council Museums exhibition to mark the centenary of the Armistice. More details to follow.

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