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.

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International Women's Day at Kensington Palace

8 March 2018

This International Women's Day, discover more about the women who lived at Kensington Palace

Suffrage Banner - Votes for Women, c. 1910.

100 Banners: Leonora Cohen, The Tower Suffragette workshop

10 March 2018

Explore the story of Leonora Cohen, The Tower Suffragette in a workshop led by artist, Becci Kenning.

Feminist Fête

13 May 2018

Celebrate women's suffrage with a day of workshops, crafts, stalls and cake in the New Armouries at the Tower of London.

Mixed media illustration of Leonora Cohen, the Tower Suffragette

Leonora Cohen - The Tower Suffragette

15 May 2018

Join Nicola Pullan and explore the story of Leeds' most prominent suffragette and her fight for female suffrage at the Tower of London.

Exterior of Banqueting House at night with Whitehall in the foreground under a clear sky.

Disruptive Women - Cabaret Evening

18 May 2018

An evening of alt-Cabaret inspired by the outrageous propaganda of the anti-suffragette movement in the lead up to the 1918 Representation of the People Act.

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.

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.

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Promo image from Diana: Her Fashion Story

Diana: Her Fashion Story, is the sell-out exhibition at Kensington Palace featuring some of Diana, Princess of Wales' most famous outfits.

Open daily

Highlights Things to see

Give yourself at least one hour for this exhibition.

Explore the story of Leonora Cohen, The Tower Suffragette in a workshop led by artist, Becci Kenning.

10 March 2018

Tower of London

Events

11:00-16:00

Come and discuss our book of the month with other members at Hampton Court Palace.

14 March 2018

Hampton Court Palace

Member only

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The Remembrance Day 2017 official coin

The Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 official coin

The Royal Mint Remembrance Day 2017 brilliant uncirculated poppy commemorative coin is the first official coin minted by the Royal Mint to commemorate Armistice Day. The design, by Stephen Taylor, features red Flanders poppies, the longstanding symbol of remembrance and the inscription "Silence Speaks When Words Can Not".

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