Right to vote

The People’s Charter

The People's Charter

The 1832 Reform Act helped widen the vote a little beyond the wealthy few, but more action was needed. With bold declarations of fairer elections such as this, published in 1838, the Chartists campaigned vigorously for votes for all... men

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Olive Wharry's scrapbook

Olive Wharry's scrapbook

Jailed for her fire attack on Kew Refreshment Pavilion in 1913, suffragette Olive Wharry recorded her time in Holloway prison with defiance, as her scrapbook shows

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The Peterloo Massacre

The Peterloo report

Official report into the 1820 riots that followed a government crackdown on dissent, which had included the suspension of Habeas Corpus

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Minute Book of the London Working Men’s Association

Minute Book of the London Working Men’s Association

Reformists saw the 1832 Reform Act merely as a starting point. This book records the meeting of a radical group of artisans in 14 Tavistock Street, London, who proved the focus for the Chartists – the first mass political movement in England

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