Our current display The Victorian Art of Persuasion marks 150 years since the general election of 1868 and our recent discovery of the complete set of election posters, favouring the Conservative cause.

The Second Reform Act of 1867 greatly enlarged the electorate, extending the right to vote to around two million men in England and Wales, doubling the previous number.  In the urban boroughs the working-class vote was as much as five times what it had been before.

This humorous display, researched by Jeremy Lawford highlights these ‘election squibs’ and the fascinating political context around the election, which was eventually won by the Liberals.

Open to members 9.30am-5pm Monday-Friday and Saturdays 10am-4pm

Open to the general public on Wednesdays 1pm-4pm.