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Alice in Westminster

Alice in Westminster

The Political Life of Alice Bacon

11 March 2017

18 November 2017, Alice in Westminster: The Political Life of Alice Bacon @ People's History Museum

Time 11:30 - 13:00

Duration 1 hours 30 minutes

Cost In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation.  Suggested donation £3

11 March 2016, Alice in Westminster The Political Life of Alice Bacon @ People's History Museum***This event has been cancelled due to illness. Apologies for any inconvenience***


Join us as Rachel Reeves, Labour MP for Leeds West, sheds light on the life and career of Alice Bacon.  With an introduction by Andy Burnham MP, chaired by Lucy Powell MP.  Alice Bacon was the first woman to represent Leeds as an MP, and is the subject of a new biography by Reeves.

The daughter of a Yorkshire coal miner who lived her whole life in the village of Normanton, Alice was an unlikely but powerful force behind the groundbreaking social reforms of post war Labour,  including the legalisation of abortion, the de-criminalisation of homosexuality and the abolition of the death penalty.  A former teacher, her real passion was comprehensive 11 March 2016, Alice in Westminster The Political Life of Alice Bacon @ People's History Museumeducation, and, as Minister for Education in the late 1960s, she was a key player in its national roll out under Anthony Crosland.

Like so many women in the politics of the period, Alice has been written out of history.  Find out why it is time her legacy was brought back to the fore.

Part of our Never Going Underground season, a year long programme of exhibitions, events and learning programmes exploring the past, present andHeritage Lottery FundedNever Going Underground: The Fight for LGBT+ Rights future of LGBT+ activism.

Wonder Women


Part of Wonder Women 2017, Manchester’s annual feminist festival, running 2-12 March 2017

Suitable for adults and young people

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  • Please note event attendees must arrive at least ten minutes before the start time of the event, otherwise their booked space will be given to someone on the reserve list
  • Please contact the museum as soon as possible if you wish to cancel your reservation so your place can be given to another visitor
  • For further information please contact the museum on 0161 838 9190 or email events@phm.org.uk

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