A guest blog by placement student Amna Khan
The videobooth is an exciting way for visitors to express what they liked about the history in the museum, it also asks topical questions and the question this time was ‘Will you vote in the next general election and why?’ The right to vote for all was won in a difficult manner by the people of Great Britain through their significant efforts. Therefore, very important to their everyday lives. Yet now this right has become quite minor to our society and in fact taken as granted. It is no longer about changing the entire system and has become a give and take relationship between the government and the people.
As one visitor said, she would only vote if changes to legal aid were made. Certainly showing that she will only use her right in return for something she may need or feels strongly about. However, it is important to understand that times have now changed and certain elements are of more importance rather than radical revolution.
As a matter of fact, some people do understand how there is a dire need to vote, for example one visitor said that he wants to see changes in the government’s actions. The idea that young people do not care about politics seems irrelevant here too as one teenager pointed out that it is a shame he cannot vote in the next general election as he will only be 17.