People’s History Museum (PHM) in Manchester is the home of ideas worth fighting for – where our radical past can inspire and motivate people to take action – to shape a future where ideas of democracy, equality, justice and co-operation are thriving.
2018 is the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, in which all men and some women won the right to vote. This monumental anniversary will be marked across the country, and PHM will be a leading voice in championing the heritage of the people that fought for this fundamental right. We will programme a year long season of exhibitions, events and learning programmes co-curated with marginalised and underrepresented communities on the theme of the struggle for representation. The project has been made possible through Heritage Lottery Funding.
From Saturday 2 June 2018 to Sunday 4 February 2019, the exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years on will be on display at the museum.
The exhibition has been inspired by the concept of a feminist zine. A zine is a self-published and small-circulated collection of works, often associated with third wave feminism due to their part in the riot grrrl movement. Self published zines give people a voice to express their own views and opinions without being ‘edited’ – it also gives people a platform in the media circuit, where often they feel their voices aren’t heard.
For this exhibition, communities, organisations and individuals are invited to make submissions to the zine based on their experiences and their engagement with the idea of representation. Groups involved so far include Safety4Sisters, Girl Gang Manchester, 42nd Street and Greater Manchester Coalition for Disabled People.
We all have a vote – but do we have a voice? How far have we really come in 100 years? PHM wants to hear your story. Do you feel represented? If so, how? If not, why? Share your story with us and make your voice heard. You can submit your response through any medium, including and not restricted to objects, artworks, banners, campaign material and photographs.
PHM have already suggested some incredible objects for inclusion, that will be responded to by the groups involved. These objects include an original copy of the Representation of the People Act, the recently acquired Manchester WSPU ‘First in the Fight’ banner, and other suffrage materials that will help to paint a picture of what representation meant in 1918.
The final objects will be chosen through a diverse, community-led editorial panel.
To make a submission to the Represent! Voices 100 Years On exhibition, please send a 200 word summary of your submission, alongside any relevant images, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any any queries or would like to discuss this further, please contact Helen Antrobus on 0161 838 9190 or email email@example.com.