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John Hirst building, Wakefield Waterfront. Image copyright Wakefield Historical Society
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Heritage Open Days 2019: People Power

Saturday 21 Sept 2019, 12 - 1pm

FREE, booking required

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Find out more about the events and people that have shaped the social, political and architectural landscape of Wakefield, from workers along the waterfront to corrupt elections and prominent female activists. In association with Wakefield Historical Society, Forgotten Women of Wakefield and Heritage Open Days.

The event will focus on Heritage Open days’ 2019 theme of People Power – the ability of local communities, groups and individuals to evoke change, focusing on three subjects:

  • Violence and deaths at the 1837 elections in Wood Street, Wakefield
  • Corruption at 1859 elections in Wakefield and the subsequent introduction of the secret ballot
  • Local suffragist Florence Beaumont’s march of 6,000 in Wakefield for Votes for Women

This event takes place as part of  Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture.

Free, booking required.

 

Florence Beaumont