In 1969 the Representation of the People Act was passed which allowed people aged 18, 19 and 20 to vote in elections. During the 2014 Scottish Referendum 16 year olds were allowed to vote for the first time. We at the People’s History Museum and the Working Class Movement Library are currently working on an project called Voting for Change. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Voting for Change will examine movements and campaigns from the build up to the Peterloo Massacre in 1819 to the lowering of the voting age in 1969. A key part of this is looking at the votes for 18 campaign of then and the votes for 16 campaign of now.
- Are you passionate about votes for 16?
- Were you involved with the votes for 18 movement?
- Do you have strong views about youth culture?
- Have you got anything to contribute?
- Are you willing to make your voice heard?
We want to hear from you! We want to bring together the youth of the 1960s and today’s young people to discuss all matters relating to the right to vote and youth culture. We’re holding an event on Fri 3 June at the Working Class Movement Library so bring along your stories, memories and views you have about either campaign!
Please contact Jack Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To book a ticket for the event visit https://representation.eventbrite.co.uk