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Exhibition, Thu 18 Jan - Mon 31 Dec 2018, £5.50

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

Votes for Women: Suffrage and Women's Lives

© Cumbria Archive Centre, Carlisle


100 years ago women in Britain were granted the right to vote by the Representation of the People Act 1918. This revolutionary act gave 8.4 million women the chance to choose the people who would represent them in Parliament. To celebrate this anniversary, the Museum is exploring women’s lives in Cumbria and the history behind their right to vote.

The display tells the history of the suffragists and suffragettes and how women fought for their rights. Throughout the museum you can follow a trail of fascinating objects from the collections that highlight the variety and depth of women’s lives throughout Cumbrian history.

Discover Sal Madge who wore men’s clothes and challenged them to wrestling matches, and the orphaned girls channeled into domestic service at the Howard Orphan Home, as well as other intriguing stories. These objects come together to demonstrate that a history of women is a history of complex human beings. A larger story made up of a million smaller ones.

You are invited to conclude your experience by casting your vote on poignant topics in the exhibition voting booth, and become part of the evolving story.

Event details

Dates Times
Thu 18 Jan - Mon 31 Dec 2018 10:30 to 16:00
Open Monday - Saturday
Please see the website for full opening details.


Adults £5/£5.50
Kids, Students and Friends FREE


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome

Some amenities available at nearby Abbot Hall. Picnic site nearby.

Events at this Venue

date event
Tue 21 Nov - Sat 14 Apr Folk Art
Thu 18 Jan - Mon 31 Dec Votes for Women


Museum of Lakeland Life & Industry

01539 722 464


Abbot Hall,


From M6 jct 36, follow signs for Kendal and Abbot Hall art gallery. Situated in stable block of Abbot Hall art gallery, next to Kendal parish church in Kirkland.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Kendal station

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