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
Join 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
On 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.
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
Local 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
In 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)
Kirklees Leaders Question Time
Monday 16th July 2018, doors open 6.15pm for a 7pm start
Put your questions to our panel of local Leaders at this live and interactive Question Time style event. Our panel includes the Leader of Kirklees Council, Cllr Shabir Pandor, and leaders of the political groups in Kirklees. You can submit your questions online and if you can’t make it on the night, you can also follow our live webcast and tweet using #KirkleesQT
Venue: Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road WF12 8DG.
Our Fight for the Voting Right exhibition
Visit 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).