Events for National Democracy Week 2018

Events for National Democracy Week 2018

National Democracy Week, 2nd to 8th July, is week-long celebration of democracy in society. Regardless of who we are or where we are from, we can work together to make sure that everyone has an equal chance to participate in our democracy and to have their say. Here are some local events that are happening in and around National Democracy Week 2018.


Tea and Tarts EqualiTea

Saturday 30th June 2018, 3pm to 5pm

EqualiTeasJoin local councillors to discuss their role in promoting equality in society, find out about the Huddersfield suffragettes, talk about what equality means to you, and enjoy tea and cake. Organised by Tea and Tarts, the Huddersfield Central branch of the Women’s Institute. Free admission.

Venue: Global Diversity Positive Action, 9 Ramsden Street, Huddersfield HD1 2UR | Organise an EqualiTea


Huddersfield 150: The Exhibition

Opens at 12 noon on Saturday 7th July 2018

Huddersfield 150On 7th July we’re marking exactly 150 years since the founding of the borough of Huddersfield – part of a rich democratic heritage in Kirklees that we can be proud of today. This exhibition of West Yorkshire Archive Service collections has been curated in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and local community groups. There will also be workshops, talks and creative activities to participate in during the opening afternoon. Free admission.

Venue: Heritage Quay, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate HD1 3DH | Launch day activitiesMap and directions 

Open: Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm, Saturday from 9am to 5pm & Sunday from 10am to 4pm


Huddersfield 150 walk –
Celebrating Civic Initiative

Sunday 8th July 2018 from 10.30am

Huddersfield 150Local historian David Griffiths will lead a tour of key landmarks of early (and later) civic initiative, recalling the wide range of public services pioneered by Huddersfield Corporation. This walk will be less than two miles. Organised by Discover Huddersfield. £3 per person. No booking required.

Meet: Huddersfield Library steps, Princess Alexandra Walk, Huddersfield HD1 2SU


Walking with Women’s Suffrage –
100 Years of Votes for Women

Sunday 8th July 2018 from 2.30pm

Jill LiddingtonIn 1906, the nation’s eyes were trained on Huddersfield. Suffragette leader Emmeline Pankhurst swept into town and addressed packed meetings. Join historian Jill Liddington to walk in the footsteps of local suffragettes in the year that marks the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave the first voting rights to women.

Jill’s latest book, ‘Vanishing for the Vote’, tells the story of the suffragette boycott of the 1911 census. The walk ends about 4pm with an indoor Q&A session and discussion. Organised by Discover Huddersfield. £3 per person. No booking required.

Meet: St. George’s Square, Huddersfield (at the Harold Wilson Statue)


Our Fight for the Voting Right exhibition

Open now

Dora ThewlisVisit this special exhibition at Tolson Museum to discover the stories of our local suffragists and suffragettes who dared to challenge their traditional roles in society. See the 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..

Venue: Tolson Museum, Wakefield Road, Dalton, Huddersfield HD5 8DJ

Open: from 12 noon to 5pm (closed Mondays and Fridays).


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