2018 marks 100 years since Parliament passed the 1918 Representation of the People Act, allowing some women, and all men, to vote for the first time. 'Voice & Vote' highlights the campaign for votes for women and the representation of women in the House of Commons and House of Lords.
Sutton Vane Associates were honoured to be asked to light this poignant exhibition at the Houses of Parliament. The exhibition comprises of many previously unseen historic objects, photographs and letters, as well as immersive spaces to help bring to life the experience of woman throughout the history of the Palace of Westminster.
As well as the displays and objects, we also lit the immersive spaces which came with their own challenges and creative opportunities: A loft space above the House of Commons Chamber which provided the only opportunity for women to listen to Parliamentary debates, a Ladies’ Gallery installed in the new House of Commons which was closed off by brass grilles to stop MPs seeing the women, and a broom cupboard where a suffragette hid herself to be recorded on that year's census as living at the House of Commons, just to name a few.
On the exhibitions' opening night we met the great-grandson and great-granddaughter of one of the suffragettes who fought hard to secure votes for women, Alice Hawkins. They had a fascinating story to tell about their great-grandmother and they have many invaluable memorabilia of Alice's time as a suffragette. Find out more about Alice's story: Alice Hawkins Suffragette - A Sister of Freedom.
We highly recommend going to see this exhibition, which will be running until 06 October 2018 and is free to visit (but do book a ticket to avoid disappointment). More information: Voice & Vote: Women's Place in Parliament exhibition.