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.

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



Our Fight for the Voting Right – exhibition

The Florence Lockwood Votes for Women bannerOpen from  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