2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed a law which allowed some women, and all men, to vote for the first time: the 1918 Representation of the People Act. Throughout the year we are celebrating this important milestone in the UK's democratic history.
Imagine the campaign office: the kitchen or living room set up with small hand presses and rollers of ink. Get a feel of a campaign office downstairs in the Cellar Gallery. Explore the suffrage and anti-suffrage propaganda and become inspired by the innovative suffrage merchandise, including posters, badges, leaflets, clothes, even weapons and sabotage, by the women themselves.
In contrast to the historical objects, you will be able to see how contemporary creative women are paying tribute to the suffrage campaign. Includes poetry by Bradford's Amira Khatun, ceramics by Hebden Bridge based Katch Skinner, printmaking by Bradford's artist Ruth Fettis and the women's art group she's been working with, 'Of the People'. Plus examples of Suffragette poster designs and merchandise by the Museum of London.
Peruse the gallery shop for some of your own propaganda and Suffragette merchandise. Designer Sally Lees will be exhibiting pieces from her Suffragette Jewellery collection, some of which were commissioned by The Houses of Parliament inspired by and to accompany Mary Branson's 'New Dawn' light installation at Westminster Hall in 2016 as a celebration of women's suffrage.
A series of exhibitions, displays and events are taking place across our museums including Cartwright Hall Art Gallery, Bradford Industrial Museum and Cliffe Castle Museum to engage the public with the collections of Bradford Museums and Galleries and the struggle for the vote.
100 Years - Suffrage to Citizen