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Houses of Parliament

2018 marks 100 years since Parliament introduced the Representation of the People Act allowing some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. To commemorate this milestone, visitors are invited to attend a choice of talks celebrating the votes for women campaign.


Ringing the Changes
Celebrating 100 years of Votes for Women and Big Ben’s Birthday
Talks: 10.30am to 3.00pm
Meet Parliamentary Archivists and the Big Ben Team: 12 noon - 4.30pm
FREE events
Please note that the Big Ben and Elizabeth Tower talk is ticketed and should be booked in advance - Book online

  • Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower Presentation:
    Since London History Day falls on the anniversary of Big Ben first marking time, visitors will have the chance to celebrate by attending a talk about Big Ben and the Elizabeth Tower and to meet the Big Ben Team.
  • New Dawn Talks:
    12 noon and 2pm
    Free/not ticketed
    Find out more about New Dawn, a contemporary light sculpture by artist Mary Branson. Revealed on 7 June 2016, 150 years to the day since the campaign for women’s votes began, this artwork honours all the individuals involved.
  • Suffragettes in Parliament Talks:
    1pm and 3pm
    Free/not ticketed
    This talk highlights the militant campaign conducted by members of the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU - motto "Deeds not words") and the Women's Freedom League (WFL), and how their actions impacted Parliament.

Both talks begin and end in Westminster Hall and include a short walk to St Stephen's Hall and Central Lobby, and some steps to view the 'New Dawn' artwork.

Following your talk come and chat to members of the Parliamentary Archives who will be available in Westminster Hall throughout the afternoon with a display of documents recording the history of votes for women from Chartists to Suffragettes.

Suffragette Proclamation Banner
Suffragette Proclamation Banner © Parliamentary Archives, HC/SA/SJ/3/1

On social media? Follow @UKParlArchives who will be tweeting items from their collection every hour between 10am and 4pm.

Last entry time for talks: 14.45
Last entry to meet the Archivists and Big Ben Team: 16.00

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