Vote 100: Born a Rebel in Huddersfield

An evening of films, discussion, music, spoken word and food

Sunday 18th November 2018
From 5pm to 11pm
Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield HD1 5EB

Were you born a rebel? If so, you’re in good company.

Cinema For All presents an evening of female-led cabaret, celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage.

Enjoy fantastic shorts from female filmmakers, talks from fascinating speakers, and spoken word from Khadijah Ibrahiim. Plus music from Vanessa Jamie, The Seamonsters and post-punk party people Crumbs!

We’ll also treat you to a wonderful new short film made up of material from the Yorkshire, North West and North East Film Archives charting the story of women in British public life over the last 100 years.

All accompanied by free tasty food from Yakumama!

We will end the evening in the trustworthy hands of Girl Gang as they treat us to one of their famous DJ sets.


The event is free, but ticketed. Book your tickets at:



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 email list for all the latest news, or follow us on twitter @kirkdemocracy

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

Extraordinary Women of the Huddersfield Borough

Saturday 8th September 2018 from 11am to 1pm
open in the Local Studies Library from 8th September

Huddersfield Local Studies Library have created a new display featuring influential women in the history of Huddersfield, with talks from local experts on the opening day. As we celebrate 150 years of Huddersfield Borough we’re highlighting influential women from the fields of sport, the arts, politics, culture, science and philanthropy.

Come along on the opening day to listen to interesting local historians, or visit the display during library opening hours. Part of our celebration of Vote 100 and Heritage Open Days in Kirklees. Free, but booking is required for the talks.

To book please call: 01484 223200
or email: huddersfield.information@kirklees.gov.uk

Event info: Extraordinary Women of the Huddersfield Borough

Heritage Open DaysFind out more

Huddersfield 150
Heritage Open Days in Kirklees – browse all events
Heritage Open Days in Kirklees – booklet (PDF)

10. What’s good about where you live?

School councils event

Around 200 pupils and 50 teaching staff from Kirklees schools took part in the ‘Your voice – speak up, speak out’ school council summit in March 2018 at Huddersfield Town Hall. Each school encouraged young people aged 5 to 11 on their school councils to host a simple hands-on activity  about citizenship, leadership, school values, school council, raising local issues, or anything they chose to showcase that promotes democracy.

One of the activities children were asked to take part in on the day was to write down one good thing about where they live. This is a quick and accessible way of encouraging children and young people to think about what’s important in their local area. Here are just a few of the responses…

A nice thing about Huddersfield

A nice thing about Almondbury

A nice thing about South Crosland

A nice thing about Brackenhall

A nice thing about Lowerhouses

A nice thing about Waterloo

A nice thing about Birkby

A nice thing about Netherton


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 this little deed, why not try it out at a community event where you live? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


9. Girls can do anything they put their minds to…

28th Huddersfield Brownies

Laura Murphy, a Politics student at the University of Huddersfield, shared this little deed with us:

With 28th Huddersfield Brownies, who meet at Christ Church Moldgreen, we held a session to talk about what Vote 100 meant and why it was so important for the young girls in the pack.

We started off asking the girls questions like can only men be police officers and can girls play football? They answered these brilliantly letting us know that girls can do anything they put their minds to.

We then went on to ask them about voting and what it was used for. To which they knew that we vote for who runs our country. When we told them that women didn’t always have the ability to vote they were shocked and couldn’t believe that there was a time when women were not allowed to vote and wanted to know how we got the vote.

We told them about the suffragette movement and about the movements that specifically happened in Huddersfield. With this information they then all made ‘Votes for Women’ Bunting and were really excited to know that this campaigning happened in Huddersfield as well as the rest of the country.

by Laura Murphy

Discuss democracy: Girlguiding


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 this little deed, why not spend half an hour trying out the same conversation at home? We’d love to hear how you get on: Share your little deeds for local democracy


Use your vote – Do it for Dora

Here’s a special message from Kirklees Museums about why you should use your vote:

Our Fight for the Voting Right is now open at Tolson Museum in Huddersfield.