Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

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PRONI holds a diverse range of archives from official and private sources, including church and school registers, court records, wills, land valuation and landed estate records.

Venue Type:

Archive

Opening hours

09:00 - 16:45 Mon-Wed and Fri
10:00 - 20:45 Thurs

Admission charges

Please contact venue for details.

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Collection details

Archives, Industry, Law and Order, Personalities, Religion, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • Presbyterian Church Records
  • Church of Ireland Records
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Suffragette Newsletter

Voices and Votes: Suffrage and Representation of the People, 1832 – 1928

  • 2 July 2018 10am-1pm

To mark the centenary of The Representation of the People Act 1918, the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has developed an exhibition exploring the journey from reform of the 40-shilling franchise to universal suffrage, and recognising some of the many people who championed change.

Prior to 1832, the right to vote was restricted to men who owned or rented land with an income worth 40 shillings or more per year – today, this would be equivalent to a rental value of c.£2000 per month. The first voting reform in over 400 years came with The Representation of the People Act 1832, which gave the vote to men whose property had a rental value of £10 per year or more – giving about one in seven men the right to vote. A number of further reforms took place in the nineteenth century, however the most radical changes to the electoral system occurred in 1918. The Representation of the People Act 1918 was the first Act to introduce voting rights for women, albeit only for those over the age of 30 and subject to a number of qualifications. It is also significant in that it extended the franchise to all men over the age of 21 for the first time, without qualification. It would take a further ten years before men and women were granted equal suffrage in the UK.

Conference

The launch will be followed by a half day conference which will examine the history and context of suffrage and the Representation of the People Act, and its legacy and impact. (10.10am – 1pm).

Speakers include:
•Dr Margaret Ward (Historian and author of ‘Hanna Sheehy Skeffington: Suffragette and Sinn Feiner: Her Memoirs and Political Writings’)
•Niall Kerr (Digital Resource Developer, The Nerve Centre)
•Glynn Kelso (Public Record Office of Northern Ireland)

Website

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/voices-and-votes-suffrage-and-representation-people-1832-1928

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
2 Titanic Boulevard
Belfast
BT3 9HQ
Northern Ireland

Website

https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/proni

E-mail

proni@communities-ni.gov.uk

Telephone

028 9053 4800

Fax

028 9025 5999

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