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Bridge Cottage hosts celebratory tea party

Location: Bridge Cottage, High Street, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 1AZ

Date: Monday, June 25, 2018, 3.00 pm - 5.00 pm


Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre is hosting an event to celebrate the centenary of an Act of Parliament which paved the way for men and women over the age of 21 to vote ten years later.

It is called EqualiTeas and takes place, over a cup of tea, on Monday, June 25, from 3-5pm.

The event, part of a programme of events from UK Parliament to mark 2018s milestones for democracy, is designed to create debate and encourage people to think about their democracy.

The organisers say: “There’s still plenty to discuss and debate about those people who can’t vote in the UK today – refugees or prisoners, for example – and the importance of getting everyone involved with democracy.

“Let’s start a discussion about people in other countries who are denied the right to vote. Join us.”

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The right to vote

The Representation of the People Act 1918 extended the right to vote to all men over 21, and the first women.

Ten years later The Representation of the People (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 gave all men and women over 21 the right to vote.

The acts followed years of campaigning. The first petition to Parliament asking for votes for women was presented to the House of Commons on August 3, 1832.

Tea parties

Historically, tea parties were hotbeds of political activism. They were one of the few ways women could meet without men to discuss and plan.

The leading suffrage organisations used tea parties and tea shops as central elements in their campaigning, to increase awareness, discuss tactics, and raise money.


Bridge Cottage heritage education officer Nicola Stewart said:

“We are delighted to host this event for people to come along and discuss what equality means to them.

“We recently held an exhibition here exploring Women of Wealden and their campaign to win votes for women over 100 years ago.

“The Representation of the Peope (Equal Franchise) Act 1928 was a vital step towards the rights women and men have today, and these anniversaries are an incredibly important oppourtnity for us to reflect on how far we have come.”

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

Contact Details

Bridge Cottage Heritage Centre

01825 760734

Free of charge