Parliament to mark centenary of voting milestones

A series of landmark anniversaries in 2018 will be celebrated as part of a Parliamentary project called Vote 100. February 2018 is the 100th

anniversary of the Representation of the People Act 1918, which enabled all men and some women over the age of 30 to vote for the first time. December 2018 will be the 100th anniversary of all men and some women voting for the first time, in the general election of December 1918.

July 2018 sees the 90th

We’re working hard to get the message out that London remains open to visitors, businesses and workers from all over the world

anniversary of the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which gave women the right to vote at age 21 on the same terms as men. Westminster Hall, the

oldest part of Parliament, will host a major summer exhibition called Voice and Vote. Women’s Place in Parliament, exploring women’s experiences of Parliament from the 18th century to the present day. To mark the anniversary of the 1928 Representation of the People Act, in which all citizens were given the right to vote on an equal basis, tea parties will take place across the UK (June 30-July 2, 2018). These EqualiTeas will be an opportunity for individuals and communities to share, debate and celebrate their right to vote.


The UEFA Euro 2020

championships will be held in 13 different European cities during June and July 2020, as

UEFA marks the 60th anniversary of the competition.

Glasgow will host three group

matches and a round-of-16 match; and Wembley in London will host

the semi-finals and final.

India’s role celebrated by Science Museum

The darker side of Harry Potter

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter will host a special feature dedicated to the darker side of the Harry Potter film series this Autumn. From October 1-November 12, the

Great Hall set will be decorated with more than 100 floating pumpkins, as seen on screen in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. The Great Hall tables will also be laid with a Halloween feast of red apples, pumpkins and cauldrons of lollipops. After learning wand combat moves

in an interactive experience with wand choreographer Paul Harris, visitors are

invited to take part in an exciting live duel with Death Eaters in the Studio Tour’s backlot. Demonstrating how a crowd scene

like the Battle of Hogwarts would have been created during filming, visitors will test out their newly learned wand techniques as they are directed through a battle with Death Eaters who are storming the Hogwarts Bridge. As part of the feature, Death Eaters

will be roaming the backlot dressed in the original costumes from the film series, allowing visitors to see up close the intricate details of the embroidered robes and hand-painted masks.

London’s Science Museum has opened two exhibitions about India, as part of the British Council’s UK/India 2017 season. Running until March 31, 2018, the Illuminating India season includes two exhibitions – 5,000 Years of Science and Innovation and Photography 1857- 2017 – as well as specially commissioned artworks and public events. The exhibition celebrates India’s

central role in the history of science and technology, featuring objects such as weights from the Indus Valley Civilisation in 3000–2500 BCE and a payload developed as part of India’s space programme. The photography exhibition is the first

to trace an arc from the beginnings of photography in India to the present day, and pivots around 1857 and 1947: two key dates in India’s recent history.

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