Votes and Voices: Acts of Defiance

To mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, Votes and Voices: Acts of Defiance will bring to life stories of suffrage across Historic Royal Palaces' sites, through a programme of live interpretation, events and workshops.

Leonora Cohen and the fight for equality

Leonora Cohen made history on 1 February 1913 when she threw an iron bar at the Crown Jewels in protest at the Government. She was fighting not only for women's voting rights, but for equal rights for working women across the country.

Discover her story in our film and find out more about our programme of events marking the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 below.

Talks and special events

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh selling subscriptions for the Suffragette newspaper outside Hampton Court in London, April 1913

EqualiTea at Hampton Court Palace

1 July 2018

Discover more about Princess Sophia Singh, the Hampton Court Palace suffragette with adult storyteller, Debbie Guneratne.

Audience members clap at an event

Princess Sophia Duleep Singh: The Fight For Female Suffrage

3 July 2018

Join Anita Anand to discover more about the fascinating princess who lived at Hampton Court Palace and fought for female suffrage.

Diana, Princess of Wales wears a Versace dress in the promo image for Diana: Her Fashion Story
Highlights Things to see

Diana: Her Fashion Story, is the critically-acclaimed exhibition featuring some of Diana, Princess of Wales' most famous outfits.

Open daily

Give yourself at least one hour for this exhibition.

Visitors explore Henry VIII's Kitchens after re-interpretation in 2018.
Highlights Things to see

Transport yourself back to the heyday of Tudor feasting and entertainment in Henry VIII's Kitchens at Hampton Court Palace.

Open daily

Young boy looking towards the imperial state crown in the Crown Jewels exhibition
Things to see Highlights

Prepare to be dazzled by this breathtaking, world famous collection of 23,578 gemstones at the Tower of London.

Open daily

Allow one hour