A year to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage
Throughout 2018, opportunities abound in London to learn about and celebrate the 100th anniversary of women gaining the right to vote in the UK under the Representation of the People Act of 1918 through special events, exhibits and activities.
The National Portrait Gallery has adopted the theme Rebel Women for its series of exhibits and programmes. On view through 13 May is the Votes for Women display of images of suffrage leaders — including surveillance photographs taken of the movement by Scotland Yard. Running now through 2 December is Votes for Women: Pioneers, spotlighting leaders in the fight for gender equality.
The Museum of London is screening a special film with little known stories from the movement, along with relics of the Suffragettes, in the Votes for Women exhibit, including a hunger strike medal worn owned by Emmeline Pankhurst, both running through 1 January 2019.
An interactive exhibit, Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament, will take place from 27 June-6 October in Westminster Hall. The major event will offer interactive and immersive features to trace the history of women in Parliament to the present and will examine “how you can make change happen.”
Tickets are on sale now for the acclaimed musical Sylvia at the Old Vic from 1-22 September. The commissioned work, first performed in March in Trafalgar Square, highlights Sylvia Pankhurst’s role in the battle for gender equality and the impact on her family, through music, modern dance, soul, funk and hip-hop.
These and the entire slate of events are part of London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s #BehindEveryGreatCity campaign to celebrate 100 years of women’s suffrage.
Nell Gwynn Chelsea Accommodation’s location and convenient transportation options will make it easy for you to take part in the celebration.