Frequently Asked Questions about the Vote 100 project
What is the Vote 100 project?
The Vote 100 project marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which gave all men and some women the vote for the first time. It will provide a major series of significant exhibitions and events to engage the public with Parliament and enhance understanding of the struggle for the vote.
What are the Vote 100 exhibitions and events?
February-June 2015: ‘Women in Parliament: Works from the Parliamentary Art Collection’, - an exhibition in Portcullis House documenting female MPs and other women of significance to Parliament's history
2015-2018: Online exhibitions on key figures, places and events, including:
- The presentation of the first major women's suffrage petition in the House of Commons by John Stuart Mill in 1866;
- Millicent Fawcett, founder of the National Union of Suffrage societies and campaigner for over sixty years;
- George Lansbury MP who spoke up for women in Parliament, went to prison and on hunger strike;
- Australian suffragette Muriel Matters who participated in some famous campaigns around Parliament;
- The Speaker's Conference of 1916/17, the recommendations of which led to the Representation of the People Act 1918.
July-October 2018: 'Vote 100' centenary exhibition - a major exhibition in Westminster Hall covering the growth of the male franchise, the campaign for votes for women, and the representation of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords
Throughout the project, social media including Twitter, Facebook and a curator's blog.
How much will this cost and how is it funded?
The project, costing £498,500 over 5 years (2014-2018), is funded by the Speaker's Art Fund, a registered charitable trust, with support from the House of Commons and House of Lords.
What is the Speaker's Art Fund and what does it do?
About the Speaker's Art Fund
Speaker's Art Fund press release on Vote 100
How do I contact the project?
Email us Vote100@parliament.uk
My organisation is doing something to mark Vote 100 as well - can we talk?
Yes please, email us at Vote100@parliament.uk
How do I find out more/stay in touch with what's happening?