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Centenary of the women’s vote in London

Votes for Women. Image: Museum of London
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Reflect on the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 with a line-up of empowering events, activities and exhibitions marking the centenary of the women’s vote in London.

With 2018 representing 100 years since women were given the right to vote in the UK, the capital is honouring the anniversary with special events across iconic venues in London.

Rebel Women at National Portrait Gallery

Images of women from Rebel Women at National Portrait Gallery exhibition.

Get involved with a year-long programme of female-focussed events with Rebel Women at the National Portrait Gallery. Visit the Votes for Women exhibition (27 Jan-13 May) to see key figures in women's suffrage and surveillance photographs from Scotland Yard. Afterwards, learn about those who fought for gender equality in Votes for Women: Pioneers (8 Jan-2 Dec). Until 1 Jan

Votes for Women at the Museum of London

View the Museum of London’s special film dedicated to lesser-known Suffrage stories and striking new display of iconic Suffragette items in the Votes for Women exhibition, which includes Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal. Other highlights in the season of events include the family-friendly Votes for Women weekend (3-4 Feb). 2 Feb-6 Jan

WOW – Women of the World at Southbank Centre

Agents for Change: WOW Young Women’s Rally

From concerts and art installations, to talks and debates, the WOW – Women of the World festival celebrates the power of females. Choose between more than 200 events at Southbank Centre, exploring historic female figures through to the challenges facing women in modern society, on the centenary of women’s suffrage. 7-11 Mar

Women and the Hall at the Royal Albert Hall

Trace the fascinating history of one of London’s most iconic venues with Women and the Hall. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of women’s votes, the Royal Albert Hall is hosting an all-female series of performances, talks and film screenings. Plus, see photographs from the in-house archives with the Women and the Hall: Past, Present and Future exhibition (1 Mar-16 Apr). Until 26 Apr

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A

Journey into the world of one of the 20th century’s most famous female figures with Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up at the V&A. Showcasing personal objects never displayed outside of Mexico, the exhibition documents the development of the iconic artist’s style through paintings, clothing and photographs. 16 Jun-4 Nov

Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament at Westminster Hall

Postcard of women with votes for women placards outside the Houses of Parliament

From campaigns to victories, the Voice and Vote: Women's Place in Parliament brings together historic objects, images and archives to tell the remarkable stories of women in politics. Plus, wander through immersive spaces which recreate women's experience in parliament. 27 Jun-6 Oct

Sylvia at The Old Vic

Photograph of Sylvia Pankhurst with a small child

Celebrate the role of Sylvia Pankhurst in the fight for votes for women with The Old Vic's Sylvia. This remarkable musical in London brings together dance, soul, funk and hip hop to explore the life of the suffragette. 1-22 Sep. Book Now

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