To celebrate the UK release of the feature film ‘Suffragette’, which includes scenes filmed at the Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament is running a ‘Suffragette Season’ of special events and themed tours this October.
'Suffragette’, the British feature film directed by Sarah Gavron and starring Carey Mulligan and Meryl Streep is released this October. Inspired by the true stories of the foot soldiers of the women's suffrage movement and their fight for the right to vote, the film includes scenes filmed inside the Parliamentary Estate at Westminster.
Tickets for the following special events and themed tours are now available to book:
Suffragette Saturdays in October
‘Votes for Women!’ Family Tours on Saturday afternoons in October at 2pm and 3pm: Children free/Adults £10
Designed especially for families visiting Parliament, the afternoon begins with a 45 minute tour through the House of Lords and the House of Commons followed by a range of optional Votes for Women-themed activities. The 'Votes for Women!' family tours are ideal for children aged 7 and over.
‘From Petitions to Prime Minister: A Short History of Women in Parliament’ on Saturday afternoons in October at 1pm: £25
Led by a ‘Blue Badge’ guide, Parliament’s regular guided tour through both Houses has been adapted to focus on the journey from early petitioning about women’s suffrage through to the UK’s first (and so far) only female Prime Minister and the prominent role of women in Parliament today.
- Book tickets online or by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114
Other special events and themed tours
'Suffragette Soirée' on Wednesday 7 October 2015 at 6.30pm: £97
Go back in time to meet Suffragettes and other suffrage activists, see ‘behind the scenes’ and discover moments of history in the 'Votes for Women!' movement.
Enjoy a truly unique Suffragette-themed tour of the House of Commons followed by a convivial three course dinner in the elegant Pugin Room. The House of Commons' chefs have adapted the menu from a public banquet chaired by Emmeline Pankhurst on Friday 12 May 1911 and given it a modern twist.
The 1911 banquet was in honour of the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Lady Mayoress and marked their visit to London to present the Petition of the Corporation of Dublin in support of the Woman Suffrage Bill at the Bar of the House of Commons.
Black tie welcome or dress to impress!
'More than Suffragettes' Talks and Tour on 8 and 9 October 2015 at 2pm: £25
After a 30 minute introductory tour including the Lords Chamber and Commons Chamber, visitors will hear about the campaign by suffragettes and suffragists for the vote in Parliament and how Parliament remembers this campaign today. Talks will be given by Mari Takayanagi from the Parliamentary Archives, Melanie Unwin from the Parliamentary Art Collection and Mary Branson, Artist-in-Residence to women’s suffrage.
Image: ‘This is the House… And this is the Minister…’ © Palace of Westminster