There are just over two weeks left to see the 'Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament', which celebrates 100 years of the first women getting the vote, before it closes on Saturday 6 October.
Visitors to Parliament this weekend (Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 September) can also take advantage of a behind the scenes look at Parliament as part of Open House London weekend.
In the entirety of British democratic history, there have been only 491 women MPs. Their names are listed in this interactive exhibition, which charts the broader 200-year struggle for women’s electoral rights. As well as detailing the campaigning, the protests and the achievements, the exhibition examines where we are today and how you can make change happen.
Among the Voice & Vote highlights are re-creations of lost historical spaces at the Palace of Westminster, rare and previously unseen historic objects, and pictures and archives from the Parliamentary collections and elsewhere.
Melanie Unwin, Co-Curator of the Voice & Vote exhibition, said:
“Time is running out to see this innovative exhibition that immerses visitors in lost historical spaces, to show the barriers that women had to overcome to participate in democracy. For the first time, we have recreated the sounds and atmosphere of the uncomfortable spaces which women were confined to – to show the magnitude of what campaigners and early women MPs achieved despite the limitations placed on them. Revealing this hidden history should help inspire us all to make use of the rights that women of generations past dedicated their lives to. Don’t miss your chance to be one of the tens of thousands to experience this rare opportunity.”
Admission to Parliament for Open House London is free to visitors on a first come, first served basis.
There will be a number of free talks including on topics including: Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower, The Work of Select Committees in the House of Commons, Using Art to understand Parliament and Restoring the Palace of Westminster.
Visitors can also meet teams across Parliament who keep the heart of our democracy running, which will include a rare opportunity to meet Senior Archivist and Voice & Vote Co-Curator, Dr Mari Takayanagi.
Mari Takayanagi, said:
“This is the last chance to see this exhibition, which will help people relive the fight, struggles and sacrifices made by the early suffrage pioneers, and remind us all of the importance of what they fought for. We have been working on the Voice & Vote exhibition since 2014 and we’ve made some fantastic discoveries along the way. In particular we’re delighted to display for the first-time items from private collections which beautifully illustrate the story of women and Parliament.