12–18 November 2018

Leaping into the dark: Victorian constitutional change and the 1867 Reform Act

The Parliamentary Archives and the History of Parliament are pleased to invite you to ‘Leaping into the dark: Victorian constitutional change and the 1867 Reform Act’ a talk by Dr Philip Salmon.

Minority governments are not usually associated with major constitutional change in Britain. 150 years ago, however, one of the most far-reaching democratic reforms of the 19th century was passed by a minority Tory ministry.

The 1867 Reform Act is best remembered today for dramatically extending the vote to a large proportion of working-class men and almost doubling the electorate. The way in which it was passed, however, also provides one of the most revealing episodes of parliamentary manoeuvring on record.

Marking the 150th anniversary of the Act, this talk will reassess the Act’s place not only as a democratic reform, but also as an extraordinary parliamentary achievement.

Dr Philip Salmon is the editor of the 1832-1945 project at the History of Parliament.

The talk will be held at 11:30am, 13th November 2017 in the Jubilee Room.

Please allow between 20-30 mins to go through security. You will also need to bring photographic ID.

Cost to attend


Tickets and registration

Monday 13 Nov 2017, 11:30am - 12:30pm
Parliamentary Archives
Jubilee Room, Westminster Hall, Houses of Parliament, London, SW1A 0PW
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