The Big Ben conservation project reached a major milestone this week, when the final piece of the 98 metre high scaffolding was slotted into place. The achievement was marked by a rooftop ‘topping out’ ceremony, a centuries old ritual celebrating the highest point of building work being completed.
It comes as this year a series of events take place in the UK Parliament to celebrate The Representation of the People Act 1918 which paved the way to men and women over 21 gaining the right to vote ten years later.
What is EqualiTeas?
EqualiTeas, which gives people across the UK the chance to share, debate, and celebrate what democratic equality means to them over a cup of tea, will take place between 18 June and 2 July, 2018.
Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. It was one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan. The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning. They were excellent spaces to increase awareness, discuss tactics and raise money.
A diverse range of organisations are official partners, including, Young Women’s Trust, Action with Communities In Rural England, Historic Royal Palaces, Adult Learning within Reach and Girlguiding across the UK. Their support will help to engage people in our democratic history and processes.
How the UK Parliament is marking Vote 100
On 11 June the UK Parliament will also be flying the suffragist flag to mark the birthday of leading suffrage campaigner Millicent Fawcett, a statue of whom was unveiled in Parliament Square earlier this year.
On June 27, Parliament will open Voice and Vote exhibition in Westminster Hall. Featuring a range of amazing interactive features, the exhibition will cover the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
Find out more about the UK Parliament’s Vote 100 engagement activities.