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How far have we really come in 100 years?

Contact Young Company: She Bangs The Drums at the Museum of Science and Industry © Benji Reid

2018, 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act (1918) and since all men and some women won the right to vote in Britain.  PHM is marking the centenary with an ambitious programme of happenings to encourage people to discuss, discover and reflect upon this great milestone for equality, and what representation means to them 100 years on.  Made possible thanks to the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Visit the new selection of banners on display following PHM’s annual banner changeover, revamping a quarter of the main galleries.  2018’s selection has been specially chosen to reflect the themes of the centenary, and behind each banner is the story of the people who created it, capturing unique moments in time in the story of democracy.

Organised by PHM, Wonder Women 2018 will be the most exciting edition of Manchester’s radical feminist festival yet, with a packed programme of exhibitions, tours, debates, performances and one-off screenings happening across the city throughout March.

Radical Lates are every second Thursday each month; our galleries are open all evening for you to explore, with a regular programme of exciting and quirky happenings.  Now booking: 12 April: An evening with Helen Pankhurst, discussing her new book Deeds Not Words, and 10 May: Scribbling Out Sexism, with graphic novelist and cartoonist Kate Evans exploring the work of female cartoonists in our exhibition Savage Ink: The Cartoon & The Caricature.

Inspired by the concept of a feminist zine, the crowdsourced exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years On, 2 June 2018 – 3 February 2019, will be made up entirely of submissions from communities, groups and individuals, either of their own materials or in response to pieces from PHM’s collection.  Do you feel represented?  If so, how?  If not, why?  Share your story with us and make your voice heard.