The majority of banners on public display at PHM change annually, revamping a quarter of the museum’s main galleries.
View 2018’s display of banners, from the museum’s world renowned collection, which have been specially conserved by the museum’s expert Conservation Team, to tell the story of how people have fought for representation.
At the heart of the display are the iconic banners that played a part in the campaigns that led to all men and some women obtaining the right to vote in Britain in 1918. This year’s selection also includes banners that featured as part of protests from 100 years later, including one carrying the words ‘Hands Off Our Midwives’ (2010).
Part of our year long programme exploring the past, present and future of representation, marking 100 years since the passing of the Representation of the People Act (1918) and since all men and some women won the right to vote in Britain.
1917 – 1960 Dick Kerr’s Ladies Football Club quilt, about 1992
A woman’s place is in the Union TUC banner, around 1980
Brighton National Women’s Social and Political Union banner, 1913
Confederation of Health Service Employees banner, 1978
Country Standard banner, 1980
Demand for tunnel shelters banner, from around 1942
Downham Benevolent Society banner, from 1885
Ed Hall Disability Rights banner, from 2015
Fabric of Protest Match Girls’ Strike banner, 2016
Foreign Threads Close Lancashire’s Sheds banner, from the 1950s
Greenwich Homeworkers Project banner, 1988
Grunwick Strike Committee banner, around 1976
Hands Off Our Midwives banner, 2010
Homeless Action Campaign banner, about 1946
International Women’s Day quilt, from 2010
Mansfield Labour Party Women’s Section banner, 1988
Merchant Shipping Bill banner, around 1884
National Federation of Women Workers banner, around 1960s to 1970s
National Union of Railwaymen, Hither Green branch banner, around 1917
Poplar Rates Rebellion banner, around 1921
Social Democratic Federation banner, from around 1900
Suffrage Atelier banner, about 1910
Wimbledon National Union of Railwaymen Women’s Guild banner, 1923
Womens Struggle Won the Vote, Use it for Disarmament banner, around 1981