Women’s political participation in the age of partial suffrage

Cross posted from History Matters

2018 will mark the one hundredth anniversary of women gaining the parliamentary vote for the first time. The 1918 Representation of the People Act enfranchised more people than any reform act in British history, but it did so in a very uneven manner. Whereas nearly all men aged 21 and over now had the parliamentary vote, the franchise was restricted to women aged 30 and over. So what did this mean for women and their experience of politics in this age of partial suffrage? Continue reading

Gothic glory and pop-up parliaments: could past visions help rescue the crumbling Palace of Westminster?

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Stephen Thornton, Cardiff University The Palace of Westminster – home to the British parliament – is rapidly heading towards an advanced stage of decrepitude. Unless “not inconsequential” sums of public money are used to refurbish the largely 19th century edifice, … Continue reading