Processions: Two Banners, One Voice

Somerset Rural Life Museum and Somerset Art Works are delighted to present a new exhibition marking the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, marking 100 years since the first women were given the right to vote in the UK.

Processions: Two Banners, One Voice opened at the Museum in Glastonbury on 16 June and runs until 02 September 2018.


On display is a rare original suffrage banner created by the Weston-super-Mare branch of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies alongside a contemporary banner made by students from Strode College in Street who worked with Bristol-based artist Dorcas Casey. This was one of 100 commissioned centenary banners that formed part of PROCESSIONS, a mass participation artwork that took place in the four capitals of the UK on 10 June 2018.

The exhibition will allow visitors to discover how the women of Somerset played their part in the fight for women’s suffrage and their continuing role in working for women’s rights today.  Curator Bethan Murray, South West Heritage Trust


The process of making suffrage banners fostered a sense of collective, collaborative progress for the women who were fighting for equal rights. It’s hard to imagine how subversive and incendiary these embroidered banners were when they first appeared in public. Beneath their beautiful, meticulous surfaces, lies a story of strength, courage, and collaboration. Dorcas Casey, Somerset Processions Artist

Somerset Rural Life Museum tells the story of Somerset’s rich rural and social history.
Opening Times:
Easter to the end of October
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 am – 5.00 pm and Bank Holiday Mondays.
Admission including Gift Aid £6.00 adults/ £4.95 concessions/ £2.75 child (under 18 years)/ under 5s free.