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Innovative exhibition celebrates 100 years of Woman's Suffrage

A new exhibition will open at the end of November to celebrate the centenary of women being granted the vote.

Handmade banner which reads "Every One is Equal"

Timed to coincide with the anniversary of the General Election in December 1918 when women could first use their vote, it will be available both online and in the Main Library. This hybrid exhibition will give particular focus to the Scottish Suffragette story, using unique items drawn from our Collections along with Wikipedia biographies that have been created across the year at our Vote 100 editathons.

Visitors will be able to explore an interactive timeline of suffragette biographies both online and on a digital smart-table in the Library. It will bring the story up to date by including the Processions 2018 centenary event, at which the University of Edinburgh banner led the Edinburgh march.  

ISG Innovation Programme funding

The exhibition is supported by an ISG Innovation fund award and in addition to celebrating the Vote 100 story in an Edinburgh context, it seeks to explore new ways in which digital and physical artefacts might be combined. Using Wikipedia content built during our editathons allows participants to contribute directly to the exhibition. In turn, using information drawn from University Collections online and in Wikipedia opens our Collections up for new audiences.

Vote 100 online exhibition

St. Andrew's Day Wikipedia editathon for Vote 100

We will be running another Vote 100 editathon on 30th November to add new information from our Collections to Wikipedia. We look forward to welcoming participants, and visitors to the exhibition online or in person once it opens.

Scotland's suffragettes: Wikipedia editathon (MyEd)

Scotland's suffragettes: Wikipedia editathon (Eventbrite)

(Ed. this article was originally published on 29 Nov, 2018)