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).

October 2018 events

Film:  Suffragette

2018 date/time Venue Book
Thursday 18 October 2018 at 7.00 pm

Tower Museum,
Union Hall Place,
Derry/L'derry,
BT48 6LU

Free. Booking is advised, contact the Tower Museum.

Email: tower@derrystrabane.com  Phone: 028 7137 2411 

Winning the Vote: Suffrage in Ulster

Historian, Margaret Ward will detail the rise of the suffrage movement in Ulster, including the actions of groups locally in order to gain the right to vote.

2018 date/time Venue Book

Tuesday 23 October 2018 at 7.00 pm

Tower Museum, Union Hall Place,
Derry/L'derry,
BT48 6LU

Free. Booking is advised, contact the Tower Museum.

Email: tower@derrystrabane.com  Phone: 028 7137 2411 

Fashion and feminism

A talk from Tansy Hoskins, author of 'Stitched-Up. The anti-capitalist book of fashion' related to the Ulster Museum exhibition 'Fashion and Feminism'.

'Stitched-Up' hit the shelves in February 2014 and quickly became a number one fashion book seller and won the 'ICA* Bookshop's Book of the Year 2014'. It was also short-listed for the '2015 Bread and Roses Award'.

*Institute of Contemporary Arts

Tansy often writes about labour rights and the fashion industry. Her work has taken her to Bangladesh, Kenya and Morocco.

2018 date/time Venue Book
Thursday 25 October 2018
1.00 pm to 2.00 pm

Ulster Museum,
Botanic Gardens,
Belfast,
BT9 5AB

Free. Book before via National Museums Northern Ireland

November 2018 to February 2019 events

Faces of Change: Votes for Women Exhibition

This exhibition brings together Mount Stewart and National Portrait Gallery’s collections to explore the themes of gender, identity and perceptions of power.

The exhibition will look at Edith, Lady Londonderry, the founder of the Women’s Legion and her role in the campaign for women’s votes.  It will spark discussion about the role and tactics employed by the peaceful suffragists compared to the militant suffragettes.

Items from the property’s collection will include Lady Londonderry’s Women’s Legion Uniform, the military DBE (Dame) awarded to her for war work in 1917 and portraits by society painters John Singer Sargent and Philip de László.

2018 date/time Venue Book

Friday 9 November 2018 and Sunday 3 February 2019 
11.00 am to 5.00 pm

Mount Stewart,
73 Portaferry Road,
Newtownards,
BT22 2AD

Normal admission prices apply.  More information can be found at Women and Power at Mount Stewart

 

Lisburn suffrage, Mrs Metge and the cathedral bomb

Ciaran Toal, Research Officer at the Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum will explore the history of women’s suffrage in Lisburn and the story behind the most militant act in Irish suffragette history: the plot to blow up Lisburn Cathedral.

2018 date/time Venue Book

Wednesday 21 November 2018 
7.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Irish Linen Centre and Lisburn Museum, Market Square, Lisburn, BT28 1AG

Free. Must book before by contacting the museum reception.
Email: ilc.reception@lisburncastlereagh.gov.uk
Phone: 028 9266 3377

The 1918 General Election

Adrian Grant from Ulster University will discuss the December 1918 General Election, its impact in the north west and the shift caused in politics throughout Britain and Ireland.

2018 date/time Venue Book

Tuesday 4 December 2018 at 7.00 pm

Tower Museum,
Union Hall Place,
Derry/L'derry,
BT48 6LU

Free.  Booking is advised by contacting the Tower Museum.
Email: tower@derrystrabane.com  
Phone: 028 7137 2411 

 

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