Parliament launches Voice & Vote exhibition

A major exhibition will be on display in Westminster Hall this summer, telling the story of women’s suffrage and the first female MPs.

Voice & Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament (June 27-October 6) will use interactive features and historic exhibits to tell the hidden “her-story” of the UK Parliament – “the campaigning, the protests and the achievements”.

Items in the exhibition are re-creations of lost historical spaces of the Palace of Westminster, rare and previously unseen historic objects, pictures and archives from the Parliamentary collections and elsewhere.

It is part of Vote 100, a year-long programme of events celebrating the centenary of the Representation of the People Act (1918) receiving Royal Assent.

Pictured: Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) Hunger Strike medal awarded to Caroline Lowder Downing, 1912 Silver and silk Parliamentary Art Collection ©Parliamentary Art Collection.