12–18 November 2018

Potwallopers and Plumpers – Britain’s first secret ballot in Pontefract

This adult session highlights the important role played by the historic town of Pontefract in August 1872 when the first secret ballot in Britain was used to elect a Member of Parliament, allowing people to vote in secret by placing an ‘X’ on a ballot paper next to the name of their choice.

David Evans and John Whitaker, Curators at Pontefract & Castleford Museums and Wakefield Museum, using one of the surviving ballot boxes and accounts of polling day from the archives, will bring the excitements and disappointments of Britain’s first Parliamentary secret ballot to life. This is the talk they gave last year in Parliament highlighting its significance in the history of British democracy.

Booking details

Call 01924 302700

Cost to attend

Free admission
Monday 14 Nov 2016, 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Wakefield Council
Wakefield Museum, Wakefield One, Burton Street, Wakefield, WF1 2EB
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