23 August 2017
Find out how you can help The National Archives mark 100 years of women getting the vote & take part in a free family history web event
Do you have stories from your own family history that could help The National Archives (TNA) mark the centenary in 2018 of women getting the vote?
TNA is planning activities that will centre around the 100th anniversary in February 2018 of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which granted the vote to women over the age of 30 who met a property qualification. The Act also gave the vote to all men over the age of 21.
The archives, based at Kew, Richmond, Surrey, will also be continuing events into next summer to mark 90 years in July since all women got the vote under the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which gave equal voting rights to men and women over the age of 21.
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Vanessa Moore, a spokesperson for TNA, explained: ‘We currently have a project looking at all our suffrage records. We’re also searching for stories from the general public to share and we were hoping that your readers could possibly help us.
'We’ve got a webinar happening next month on “Tracing your suffrage ancestors” and we would love for your readers to join us. The web event is free and will take place on Wednesday, 13 September from 6-7pm.
'We have so much happening and we really want the general public to be part of our celebrations and to share people’s stories.’
The 'Tracing your suffrage ancestors' webinar is completely free: register for your place at here.
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