Parliament opens its doors for exhibition celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage

Parliament opens its doors for exhibition celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage


Free tickets can now be booked for a season of Friday viewings of the ‘209 Women’ photographic exhibition which is on display in Portcullis House between 14 December 2018 and 14 February 2019.

This landmark exhibition features portraits of 209 female MPs, photographed by 209 female photographers. It coincides with the centenary of the first election where women could cast a vote, and one hundred years after women gained the right to sit in Parliament as MPs. The third centenary falls on 14 December, a hundred years on from the 1918 General Election when some women over 30 and all men over 21 were able to cast their first vote.

‘209 Women’ marks this significant moment in history whilst also highlighting the ongoing need for further gender equality across society.   A collective of women photographers from all across the UK formed, volunteering their time to make and mark history, celebrating the centenary of women’s suffrage and championing the visibility of women, particularly in environments that are still largely male-dominated.

The exhibition is curated by Hilary Wood (Founder/Director of ‘209 Women’ and photographer), Tracy Marshall (Director of Development and Partnerships at Open Eye Gallery), Cheryl Newman (Artist, curator and former Director of Photography of the Telegraph magazine), and Lisa Tse (Brand Consultant, TV Producer and founder of women’s club The Sorority).

‘209 Women’ is delivered in partnership with Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool City Council, the Royal Photographic Society and The Sorority.

How can I visit and book tickets?

Free exhibition tickets for the Friday viewings in Portcullis House can be booked on the following dates:

  • 14 December 2018 (fully booked)
  • 21 December 2018
  • 4 January 2019
  • 11 January 2019 (currently fully booked)
  • 25 January 2019 (currently fully booked)
  • 8 February 2019 (currently fully booked)

More tickets may be added, subject to parliamentary business.

First timed entry is 10am and last entry at 4pm.

Capacity is limited so advance booking is recommended. Book online, by calling +44 (0)20 7219 4114 or in person from the Ticket Office at the front of Portcullis House.


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