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Centenary of the women’s vote in London

Votes for Women. Image: Museum of London
Join in a series of special events honouring the 100th anniversary of the women's right to vote. Read More


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 some women were given the right to vote in the UK, the capital is honouring the anniversary with special events across iconic venues in London as part of #BehindEveryGreatCity.

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-3 Jun) 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, discover a fascinating season of events and witness a new display of iconic Suffragette items in the Votes for Women exhibition, which includes Emmeline Pankhurst’s hunger strike medal. Until 6 Jan

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. 3-22 Sep. Book Now

More women’s suffrage events in London

  • Witness the monumental Millicent Fawcett statue, the first ever dedicated to a woman in Parliament Square
  • Join events inspired by material from The Women's Library Collection at LSE Library. Ongoing
  • Look out for works by women artists displayed across the London Tube network with Art on the Underground. Ongoing 
  • Discuss women's issues with talks and late-night events at the London Transport Museum. Ongoing 
  • Discover a collection inspired by key moments for British women at the Museum of Brands, Packaging and AdvertisingOngoing
  • Join The Guilty Feminist and a line-up of special guests at the London Palladium. 24 May
  • Enjoy a line-up of events celebrating women's votes as the sun shines during All Points Equal in Victoria Park. 28 May
  • Learn all about the East London Federation of Suffragettes with exhibitions, workshops and activities as part of The Women’s Hall. 29 May-26 Jan
  • Celebrate stories of courage in the capital on London History Day. 31 May
  • Learn about the struggles for gender equality throughout history with Women: Work and Power. 31 May-30 Nov
  • Celebrate the important contribution made by women in the music industry during Sounds Like London. 1-30 Jun
  • Walk alongside thousands of women and girls to celebrate the fight for suffrage with Artichoke's Processions. 10 Jun
  • Follow in the footsteps of suffragettes during a tour of the Royal Albert Hall for the Women and the Hall season. Until 10 Jun
  • Head to a series of events focusing on women and activism at the Bishopsgate InstituteUntil 21 Jun
  • Embark on a 30-minute tour of women artists displayed at Tate Britain, and learn about women's empowerment through art. Until 27 Jun
  • Visit important locations connected to the fight for suffrage with the Museum of London’s women’s movement walk. 26 Aug
  • Hear fascinating facts behind the fight for women’s right to vote with London on Wheels: A Suffrage Story. 26 Aug
  • Look into the history of female medical practitioners with This Vexed Question: 500 Years of Women in Medicine at the Royal College of Physicians. 19 Sep-18 Jan
  • Watch a moving performance of award-winning Lest We Forget at Sadler's Wells Theatre. 20-29 Sep
  • See more than 200 women from across the capital perform in Dance Umbrella 2018 festival’s Everything That Rises Must Dance. 29 Sep and 7 Oct
  • Experience the music of an important figure in the women’s suffrage movement with Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D, performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Chorus. 15 Nov
  • Explore the pioneering work of women at the prestigious London university with UCL Vote 100Until 17 Dec
  • Mark a century of Women’s Suffrage with talks, lectures and discussions at the British Library. Until 31 Dec

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