The Battle for the Ballot – the people’s fight for the right to vote

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The Battle for the Ballot – the people’s fight for the right to vote

The Battle for the Ballot – the people’s fight for the right to vote

Singer-songwriter Quiet Loner tells the story of how working people came to have a vote.  Using original songs alongside images and objects from the museum’s collections, this event crosses the centuries to show how the right to vote was won.

Beginning in the Industrial Revolution the story will take in events like the Peterloo Massacre and introduce the people – Chartists, politicians and suffragettes – who fought for the ideal of ‘Universal Suffrage’.  Staff from the People’s History Museum and Working Class Movement Library will be on hand to show some exciting new acquisitions from our Voting for Change project.

This educational, entertaining and thought-provoking show is focused around the song writing of Matt Hill aka Quiet Loner – the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill.  Music critics have praised his albums for their emotional qualities and the way they connect with the listener.  He’s been played on BBC Radio 6 Music, performed at Glastonbury Festival and is currently the People’s History Museum Songwriter in Residence for 2016.

Part of Manchester Histories Festival 2016.Manchester Histories Festival

Suitable for all ages

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