2. Reasons to Vote

Amy Hirst

This year artist Amy Hirst is asking people what their reasons are for voting.

Inspired by a 105 year old pamphlet from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies called “Some Reasons Why Working Women Want the Vote”, Amy ran a market stall at Huddersfield Open Market on Thursday 15th February 2018. She asked shoppers why they think it’s important to vote. Their reasons were really interesting and you can have a look at some of them here:

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Reasons to vote

Amy hopes to repeat this exercise later in the year – so look out for more reasons to vote, and please share your own. You can see more of Amy’s activities in this twitter moment:

Democracy in the Making – twitter moment

100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Amy’s little deed for democracy, why not show people the pamphlet, spend some time talking about reasons for voting and collect some more reasons? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


1. The Democracy of Presence

Rose Condo, Friday 16th February 2018. Photo by Anthony McKeown.

At the Notwestminster 2018 PechaKucha Night, performance poet Rose Condo gave an inspiring talk about understanding her place in the world and how we all benefit from the presence of women.

A PechaKucha is a fast-paced event full of exciting speakers and topics. Each speaker talks for 6 minutes 40 seconds on a theme of their choosing, following a “20 slides for 20 seconds” format. In this special democracy-themed PechaKucha hosted by The Media Centre in Huddersfield, Rose showed just how much insight and experience you can pack into those few minutes.

Rose talked about how we need to pay attention to where women are absent, and what all people might miss by not seeing how women look at the world. She talked about what we all gain when women engage in communities, and how we can be inspired by our rich history of democratic engagement.

Rose wanted to acknowledge that she has the right to be present, to be engaged, to be here, because of the work of so many women before her.

Our thanks to Rose, and to Brent Woods at The Media Centre who recorded Rose’s ‘Democracy of Presence’ talk so that you can listen in full:

Listen to Rose’s talk

100 little deeds for local democracy

Deeds not wordsTo celebrate Vote 100, we’re sharing 100 little ways that citizens in Kirklees are doing something to strengthen our local democracy. If you’ve been inspired by Rose’s talk, have a think about whether you could share your own experiences at a local community event or meeting. We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


Democracy in the Making: Vote 100

Drop-in event:
Thursday 15th February, 10am to 3pm
Huddersfield Open Market, Brook Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RY

Celebrate 100 years since women first got the vote with free creative activities for all!

Make suffragette rosettes to take away and add to a collaborative banner.

Join artist Amy Hirst as we mark an important moment in our shared history and explore the contribution we can all make to our democracy today.

You can also pick up information about Vote 100 in Kirklees, find out about voting and elections, and learn how our local democracy is changing in Kirklees.

A fringe event of Notwestminster, the annual celebration of local democracy in Huddersfield.

What’s on at Notwestminster 2018

Our Fight for the Voting Right – special event

The Florence Lockwood Votes for Women bannerSaturday 2nd June 2018, at 2pm
Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road, Dalton, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ

Join us for the afternoon to find out more about the fight for the vote. Jill Liddington, suffragette historian and author of Rebel Girls, will bring to life the history of women’s suffrage in our region through a talk and a Question and Answer session.

Following refreshments, join Frances Stonehouse, curator of the Our Fight for the Voting Right exhibition at Tolson, to learn more about the Kirklees Collection and hear the stories of our hidden heroines.

There will also be a women’s suffrage bookstall.

How to book

Booking is required for this event. Tickets are £5 per person, including refreshments.

Book your tickets online

Or please call 01484 221000 and ask for Tolson Museum.

Our Fight for the Voting Right exhibition

Tolson Museum

Our Fight for the Voting Right – exhibition

The Florence Lockwood Votes for Women bannerOpening  Saturday 28th April 2018
Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road, Dalton, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ

Discover the stories of the suffragists and suffragettes of Kirklees who dared to challenge their traditional roles in society.

The exhibition features Tolson Museum’s iconic ‘Votes for Women’ banner, designed and created by Linthwaite’s Florence Lockwood. You can also discover many other fascinating local stories, such as that of 16 year old Dora Thewlis who was arrested and imprisoned for marching on Parliament.

Opening times
The museum is open from 12 noon to 5pm (closed Mondays and Fridays).

Tolson Museum


100 little deeds for local democracy

suffragette badgeWe’re proud to be part of Vote 100, a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which first gave some women (and all men over 21) the right to vote.

Vote 100 is very much about deeds, not words. This important moment in our democratic heritage was the result of decades of campaigning. You’ve probably heard some of the famous stories about suffragettes, the women who decided to take direct action to get their voices heard.

But the fight for the vote wasn’t just about those well-known acts of defiance. It was also about hundreds of little acts of courage, rebellion and determination, by ordinary people who wanted to challenge their traditional roles in society.

As our contribution to Vote 100, the Kirklees Democracy Commission will be sharing 100 little deeds for local democracy throughout the year. Please get involved by doing something, however small, to celebrate democracy for everyone.

Latest little deeds


Get involved

For groups –  organise an event or activity to celebrate Vote 100 and we’ll help you to promote it. You can find ideas and info to help you on this website. Be part of Vote 100 

For citizens – make your mark by creating your own suffragette badge, rosette, banner or artwork and sharing a photo with us. You can tweet us @kirkdemocracy

For schools – run an activity for your class and let us know how it went. There are some Lesson plans available for key stage 2, 3 and 4.

For everyone –  we’d love to hear your ideas.

Share your little deeds

For our part, we’re organising activities throughout the year. Vote 100 in Kirklees is part of our work to turn our recommendations for Growing a stronger local democracy into action. We’re working with many other local organisations to do this, and you’re very welcome to get involved.

Keep in touch

Democracy in KirkleesMake sure you’re signed up to the Kirklees Democracy Commission email newsletter for the latest news, or follow us on twitter @kirkdemocracy

You can also email us at: kirkleesdemocracy@gmail.com

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words – Live screening

Tuesday 13th February 2018, 7pm to 8.30pm
Huddersfield Library, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU

This is a live broadcast of an event held at The British Library in London to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act.

Leading women’s rights campaigner Helen Pankhurst, great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst, Jill Liddington and Robert Wainwright discuss the struggle for the vote and ask how far women have come since the suffragettes, how far they still have to go and how they will get there. Chaired by Julia Wheeler.

Helen Pankhurst is a women’s rights activist and senior advisor to CARE International, based in the UK and in Ethiopia.  Her work in Ethiopia includes support to program development across different sectors, focused on the interests and needs of women and girls.  In the UK she is a public speaker and writer on feminist issues. She also leads CARE International’s #March4Women event in London on International Women’s Day. Helen is the great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement. Helen Pankhurst’s latest book Deeds Not Words: the Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now will be published in February 2018.

Jill Liddington is a writer and historian. Her latest book, Vanishing for the Vote, was published by Manchester University Press in 2014. Her first suffrage history (One Hand Tied Behind Us, Virago) told the story of the radical suffragists of the Lancashire cotton towns and has remained in print ever since it was first published in 1978. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Leeds, a member of the Society of Authors and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

Robert Wainwright has worked as a journalist for 30 years and is the author of eleven books, including The Maverick Mountaineer, which won The Times Biography of the Year Prize at the Cross British Sports Book Awards 2017, Sheila and Miss Muriel Matters.

Julia Wheeler is a journalist and interviewer who worked for the BBC for more than 15 years, including as the BBC’s Gulf Correspondent, based in the UAE between 2000 and 2010. She continues to work for broadcast and print in London. Julia has moderated large-scale conferences and chaired inter-governmental forums, and she is a chair and interviewer at several festivals including Cheltenham (Literature and Science), Stanfords Travel Writers Festival at Olympia and the Emirates Literature Festival.

Image: ‘The woman voter- see how she grows!’ taken from Votes for women. 
Originally published/produced on June 13, 1913 (Colindale, volume VI no.275)

How to take part

This is a free live screening event. Box Office: 01484 414868 or book online:

Suffragettes: Deeds not Words – tickets