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Listening to the Commons: 200 years of women in Parliament
John Cooper, Damian Murphy, Catriona Cooper, Hannah Greig and Amy Galvin-Elliott

  • Wednesday 6 June 2018, 8.00PM to 9.00pm
  • Free admission
    Booking required
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  • King's Manor, Exhibition Square (map)
  • Wheelchair accessible

Event details

Did you know women had a ‘presence’ in Parliament before 1918? On the centenary of the first women gaining the vote, find out how researchers at the University of York are bringing political history to life with acoustic technology and virtual reality. Join us and learn how the Listening to the Commons project is recovering the soundscape of debate experienced by women gathering around a ventilator in the House of Commons ceiling c.1800 to 1834.

The Listening to the Commons project is a collaborative project which is highlighting the deep history of women’s participation in politics by developing and adapting visual models of the 1834 House of Commons into acoustic models to create contemporary auralizations - aural reconstructions - of speeches and debate.

Learn more about the project, which involves researchers from York’s Departments of History and Electronic Engineering, and the Digital Creativity Lab, and find out how the project is building on the University of York and UK Parliament collaboration established through the AHRC St Stephen’s Chapel Project.

The results of the project will be incorporated into the Voice and Vote: Women’s Place in Parliament Exhibition, running in Westminster Hall from 27 June to 6 October 2018. The exhibition will allow visitors to engage with the digital outputs and recover women’s experience of politics at this time.

About the speakers

Dr John Cooper is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History with the University of York’s Department of History.

Damian Murphy is a Professor with the University of York’s Department of Electronic Engineering and the University Research Champion for Creativity

Dr Catriona Cooper is a Postdoctoral Research Associate with the University of York’s Department of History. 

Dr Hannah Greig is a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern Historywith theUniversity of York’s Department of History. 

Amy Galvin-Elliott is a PhD student with the University of Warwick’s Department of History.


Listening to the Commons

Listening to the Commons is an AHRC funded project building on the work spearheaded by the AHRC St Stephen’s Chapel project. Find out more here.


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