Represent! Voices 100 Years On


The Manchester suffragette banner in the Conservation Studio at PHM


Represent! Voices 100 Years On

PHM wants your objects and stories!

2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the right to vote. To mark this monumental anniversary People’s History Museum (PHM) are developing a crowd sourced exhibition which will open on Saturday 2 June 2018. And we need you to submit your objects and stories!

Today most men and women in the UK, over the age of 18, have the right to vote. We are asking for submissions around the following themes:

  •         Do you feel represented? If so, how? If not, why?
  •         Does having a vote mean you have a voice in society?
  •         Who cannot vote or doesn’t know how to use their vote?
  •         How far have we really come in 100 years?
  •         Have there been any defining moments in your life when you have campaigned for greater democracy or equality?
  •         What still needs to be done?

We are looking for you to share your posters, placards, artworks, photographs or something more personal, along with a short explanation or personal perspective. Those submissions will then be selected by the Represent! steering group for the final exhibition. To share an example of the types of things we are looking for…Sarah Galligan a member of the Women’s Equality Party has submitted a letter which she wrote as a 10 year old school pupil entitled ‘Why can’t girls play football?’ She says this was a defining moment in her life when she realised that girls should not only be able to play football, but also should be able to have equal rights across society. Today she continues to fight for gender equality.

To make a submission to the Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition, please send a maximum of 200 word summary of your submission, alongside any relevant images to by 1 April 2018.

If you have any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact Helen Antrobus on 0161 838 9190 or email





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