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Reappraising the Representation of The People Act, 1918

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14/09/2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm Livesey Building, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE
 

2018 marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act (RPA).

Passed in the last year of the First World War, the RPA enjoyed all party support, in recognition of the contribution to the war effort made by women and some working-class men, previously excluded from the franchise.

Although the RPA still excluded women under 30, it tripled the electorate and transformed British politics into a representative democracy. The RPA and its legacy are still the subject of intense historical debate relating to gender, class and nationhood.

As part of UCLan’s contribution to the centenary commemorations of the First World War, this day conference will draw together speakers who are currently involved in the debate.

The conference complements the exhibition Represent! Voices 100 Years On, held by UCLan’s long term partners, the People’s History Museum in Manchester between 2 June 2018 to 2 February 2019.

How to attend

Attendance is open to interested members of the public as well as academics. Please visit the online booking website  for further details.


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