This year we are delighted to welcome Dr Jill Liddington, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds. Dr Liddington has a long established career as a leading authority of women’s history, examining the interplay between suffrage, gender, and class in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain for over four decades. Her publications include:
Dr Liddington will be delivering a paper as part of the wider ‘Vote 100’ events taking place across the country. She will be telling the stories of local suffragette Edith Rigby, and of radical suffragist Selina Cooper of Nelson. In midsummer 1913, the WSPU's arson campaign included Edith's burning down a local house; this contrasted vividly with the suffragists' great Pilgrimage down to London. Which propaganda tactic was more effective in 'getting Asquith's ear'?
This event is part of a series of talks on democracy, leading up to the anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.
100 years ago, all men over 21 and women over 30 years old received the vote if they were either a member or married to a member of the Local Government Register, a property owner, or a graduate voting in a University constituency.
2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act (RPA). Passed in the last year of the first world war, the RPA enjoyed all party support, in recognition of the contribution to the war effort made by women and some working-class men, previously excluded from the franchise. Although the RPA still excluded women under 30, it tripled the electorate and transformed British politics into a representative democracy. The RPA and its legacy are still the subject of intense historical debate relating to gender, class and nationhood. As part of UCLan’s contribution to the centenary commemorations of the first world war, this day conference will draw together speakers who are currently involved in the debate.
The conference complements the exhibition represent! Voices 100 years on, held by UCLan’s long term partners, the People’s History Museum in Manchester between 2nd June 2018 to 2nd February 2019. Attendance is open to interested members of the public as well as academics.