The story of female enfranchisement in the Isle of Man
From 27th September, the Tynwald Library hosted a small exhibition showcasing the Isle of Man's history of Womens Suffrage as part of the Vote 100 celebrations in the UK.
The focal point of the exhibition was a reproduction of the UK Suffragette flag which is touring the United Kingdom as part of the Suffragette Flag Relay. The flag will be visiting people and places around the Isle of Man supporting this important milestone in UK history but also sharing the story of enfranchisement in the Isle of Man.
The President of Tynwald, the Hon Steve Rodan said:
“Giving women householders the vote in 1881 was the first in a long line of extensions to the franchise, all of which can be summarised by the principle of ‘no taxation without representation’. I am proud to have made my own contribution to the development of the Isle of Man’s democracy when I successfully moved an amendment to the Registration of Electors Bill 2006. This lowered the voting age to 16 years old, making us the first country in western Europe to do so. The ability to influence government-introduced legislation in this way is a great strength of our consensus democracy and parliamentary system.”
Manx Naval Connections
Find out more about Captain Quilliam and other historical Manx
naval officers plus the relationship the Isle of Man had with the Royal Navy.
Thanks to the Quilliam Group for the loan of the model HMS Quilliam made by
former royal Naval Warrant Officer David
Handscombe, also a member of the Quilliam Group.
Images of artwork produced by students in Isle of Man Prison Education including a reproduction of a world war one image of a soldier uncovered on a wall "The Unknown Soldier"; a Koestler Competition Award Winner.
The Koestler Trust is a charity founded in 1962 by a bequest from the British Hungarian author, Arthur Koestler. It helps offenders and ex-offenders in the UK to express themselves creatively and gain new skills as a means to rehabilitation.
Each year they award and give feedback to over 3000 people submitting work across 50 categories of fine art, craft and design, performance and audio, film and animation and writing, to be judged by leading names in the arts and creative industries
Prison Education Manager, Fiona Robinson said, "Prisoners at the Isle of Man Prison always do well in these awards and we are delighted to have this opportunity to show their work to the public."
The education team helps students to achieve successful rehabilitation and resettlement into the community and to make a positive contribution to society supporting student in gaining qualifications, life and leisure skills which enables them to achieve the above goals.
Art and Craft activities are an important part of this provision and play a major role in the rehabilitation process.