Introduction

About the Birmingham case study

Presentation of the Chartist Petition, 1842.  WOA 4171

Groups from Birmingham have been working with Parliamentary Archives, Parliamentary Outreach and Birmingham Archives and Heritage to look at the history of the right to vote.

About the group

Parliamentary Archives and Birmingham Archives and Heritage worked with an adult reading group from Northfield Library, Birmingham to investigate the history of the movement for electoral reform in Birmingham.

The need for reform

Masthead from The Cause of the People, a Chartist newspaper.  Birmingham Archives and Heritage.

By the 19th century, society had undergone great changes but the parliamentary system had not changed with it. Find out more about the need for reform here.