Local Democracy Week is a way of helping people to be more aware of, and more involved with, the issues that really matter in our local communities. In Kirklees, we’re celebrating throughout October 2018. Here are the events we know about so far. Or if you’d like to organise your own event or activity, here are 5 ways to be part of Local Democracy Week 2018.
Celebrating local suffragettes
Greenhead Park History Hour
Wednesday 3rd October
12.30pm to 1.30pm
Community Room, Greenhead Park, Huddersfield HD1 4HS
This year is the centenary of the 1918 Act that gave the first voting rights to women. The Friends of Greenhead Park History Hour is marking this with an illustrated talk by local historian David Cockman, telling the story of four local suffragettes from the Holme and Colne Valleys who took part in the historic struggle to achieve votes for women. The Community Room is in the cafe building by the tennis courts. Everyone is welcome and there’s no need to book.
Fighting for Whitleyism and Industrial Democracy
JH Whitley Lecture 2018
Lecture by Dr Whyeda Gill-McLure, Wolverhampton University, looking at a century of public sector industrial relations. Refreshments available from 5.15pm. The lecture is free to attend but places are limited, so please register to take part. Organised by the School of Music, Humanities and Media at the University of Huddersfield.
Revolting Women – The fight for the vote
A Mikron Theatre production
A Mikron Theatre show telling the Suffrage story through the eyes of a less well known Pankhurst, Sylvia, who fought for the vote alongside working women in the East End. Full of political satire, song and more suffrage societies than you can shake a stick at! Tickets are £13 (or £11 for concessions).
Votes for Women
This day of special activities in Newsome is about commemorating the end of World War I and celebrating the start of Votes for Women and the founding of the Women’s Institute. Includes a Vote 100 stall with information and activities. Organised by Newsome Ward Community Forum.
Pop Up Cinema
Join Dolly Shot Pop Up Picturehouse for this special free screening of the award winning film. In the early 20th century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanised by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. They risk their jobs, homes and lives fighting for a just cause. Organised by Newsome Ward Community Forum.
Your Future Your Voice
at the “Get inspired” C & K Careers event
The Kirklees Electoral Services team will have an information stall at this careers event for Year 11 high school students. We’ll be talking to young people about the benefits of being on the electoral register and voting. We’ll be supported by some of our Kirklees Apprentices, who will be chatting with the students about being on the register at 16 and how to make your voice heard if you care about your future.
Growing a stronger youth council
Celebrating 10 years of inspiring young citizens
Our youth council helps young citizens in Kirklees to learn about local democracy, to gain skills and confidence, to become active citizens, and to have a voice. At this special 10th anniversary event we’re celebrating the fantastic achievements of our youth councillors so far. We’ll be hearing the experiences of our past and current youth councillors, and asking everyone to share their ideas about how we can grow an even stronger youth council over the next ten years. This event is open to everyone – we hope you’ll be part of it. You can also follow online via live webcast and twitter.
Kirklees Leaders Question Time
Put your questions to local councillors
Kirklees Question Time is an opportunity for you to put your questions directly to some of our local councillors. The panel this time includes five local party leaders. The event will also be webcast and tweeted live, so you can follow along online or watch again later. You can also submit your questions online in advance of the event.
Democracy Commission Working Group
Growing a stronger local democracy
Hear about our latest work to grow a stronger local democracy in Kirklees in this live webcast from our Working Group. The group are councillors from different political parties, who are working with citizens, council officers and partners to respond to the Kirklees Democracy Commission’s 48 recommendations for a stronger local democracy.
Huddersfield 150: The Exhibition
Celebrating 150 years of civic pride
We’re marking 150 years since the founding of the borough of Huddersfield – an important part of our local democratic heritage. This special exhibition of West Yorkshire Archive Service collections has been curated in partnership with the University of Huddersfield and local community groups. Free admission.
Our Fight for the Voting Right – exhibition
Learn about our local suffragist and suffragette heritage
Discover fascinating local stories in this special exhibition. See Florence Lockwood’s iconic Votes for Women banner and learn more aobut 16 year old Dora Thewlis, who was arrested and imprisoned for marching on Parliament.
Batley 150 exhibition
Celebrating 150 years of civic pride
2018 marks the 150th anniversary since the foundation of Batley Borough Council in 1868. Catch this touring exhibition created by West Yorkshire Archive Service to find out more about Batley’s democratic heritage and find out how to get involved.
Extraordinary Women of the Huddersfield Borough
Display in Huddersfield Local Studies Library
Huddersfield Local Studies Library have created a new display featuring influential women in the history of Huddersfield. Take a walk around the room to read about influential women from the fields of politics, sport, the arts, culture, science and philanthropy.