Explore the rise and fall of Britain’s petitioning tradition

Before we had the vote, we had the humble but powerful petition.

Petitioning was by far the most popular form of political participation, but it has long been neglected by historians and social scientists preoccupied with elections and election rituals, campaigns to extend the right to vote, and the rise of national political parties in this period. Until now that is…

A new exhibition and talk at The People’s History museum will explore the rise, fall, and rise again of Britain’s petitioning tradition.

It will take you on a whirlwind tour of the spectrum of petitions over the years, on topics ranging from voting rights for working men and women, to animal rights, to the abolition of slavery. The day will also touch on the resurgence of petitioning through digital platforms and social media and where it could be headed next.

Talks will be at: 11.00am - 11.30am and 2.00pm - 2.30pm
Drop in: 11.00am - 4.00pm


Stuart Goulden

Lead Consultant