Votes, Suffrage & Reform
7 September 2018 to 2 December 2018
Weston Gallery, Nottingham University

The year 2018 marks the centenary of the first UK general election in which some women were entitled to vote.

We celebrate that fact by looking back at some memorable elections and exploring how electioneering has changed over the years.

Weston Gallery 
DH Lawrence Pavilion 
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park 

Box Office : 0115 846 7777  

Opening times:

Tuesday to Friday 11am - 4pm

Saturday and Sunday 12 noon - 4pm

Closed Mondays

Admission free.

A series of talks and events will be held to accompany the exhibition. Places are limited so please book your tickets with the Box Office on 0115 8467777. See the exhibition page at Lakeside Arts Centre for further details

Lunchtime Talks

Djanogly Theatre

All talks are 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm, and are free to attend.

A Great Electioneer and his Motives Reconsidered: The 4th Duke of Newcastle

Thursday 27 September

The 'Great' Reform Act of 1832 attempted a transformation in the system of parliamentary representation. In what ways did those who opposed the act interpret these changes and feel its consequences? Richard Gaunt, Associate Professor in History at the University of Nottingham, studies a notorious local 'boroughmonger' to see different perspectives from those usually advanced in the history books.

Women’s Suffrage up to 1928

Wednesday 24 October

Val Wood of the Nottingham Women’s History Group considers the impact of the franchise for the women of Nottingham in terms of women’s political representation and suffrage activism in the city from 1918 to 1928. Val refers to the first women councillors and discusses the possible reasons why it took so long to return a female member of Parliament.

New Dawn? The 1997 general election

Wednesday 21 November

1997 represented a dramatic turnaround for a party out of office since 1979. Some say that to win, Blair transformed Labour out of all recognition. Others counter that the party had no alternative but to become ‘New Labour’ and that under Blair it remained true to its historic mission of making society fairer. This talk by Steven Fielding, Professor of Political History at the University of Nottingham, reflects on some of the issues raised by the election, many of which remain relevant today.