The 1918 Representation of Peoples act is considered a pivotal moment for women’s rights and helped lay the foundations for progress towards women’s equality. But a century later, women still face barriers and prejudice, as highlighted by examples including the gender pay gap and the Time’s Up movement. The exhibition provides a focus for women’s voices to be heard and to question assumptions about the representation of women in-justice.
Museum & Heritage Development MA students from Nottingham Trent University have taken five powerful objects from the museum which explore the treatment of women by the criminal justice system and created responses to these in the form of short films.
Objects in the exhibition include force feeding equipment used on suffragettes and over 200 letters of support sent to Mrs Pace who was acquitted of murdering her husband on the grounds of domestic violence.
This exhibition also includes a special commission from the artist Dr Jane Wildgoose. Her new work ‘The Temptation of Want and Misery’ is displayed in the Museum’s Courtroom.
This exhibition is situated in the museum’s free exhibition area.