12–18 November 2018

Voting for Change at Pontefract Museum

The first secret ballot vote for a Member of Parliament in Britain was held in Pontefract, West Yorkshire on the 15th of August, 1872. During Parliament Week 2017, Key Stage 2 classes will be invited to join us at Pontefract Museum for ‘Voting for Change’, a very special school workshop that will teach pupils why the secret ballot system was introduced, how the first secret ballot in Pontefract was conducted and what impact this change to the voting system had on the nation.

Pontefract Museum houses one of the actual secret ballot boxes used in 1872 and pupils will be able to see this important historic object during their visit.


Booking details

Book via Telephone 01924 302700 Book via E-mail museumslearning@wakefield.gov.uk Workshops last 1 hour per session on:
  • 13th November 10:00 to 11:00 and 1:30 to 2:30
  • 17th November 10:00 to 11:00 and 1:30 to 2:30
Spaces are limited for schools (max 30 pupils per workshop) and schools must book their places in advance.

Cost to attend

Monday 13 Nov 2017, 10:00am - Friday 17 Nov 2017, 2:30pm
Pontefract Museum
Pontefract Museum, 5 Salter Row Pontefract WF8 1BA
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