Picnic in the Park

Volunteers from Loughborough Library Local Studies group re-created the Flapper Election of 1929 for the annual Charnwood Arts’ Picnic in the Park held at Queens Park in Loughborough. The event was put together by Loughborough Library Local Studies Volunteers and featured theatrical re-enactments of events relating to the movement for universal suffrage. The term ‘Flapper’ referred to .. “a new type of woman who was strong-minded, independent and not about to comply with the established behaviour of the Victorian concept of a lady” (from a Local Studies leaflet produced during the project). The press of the time used the term ‘Flapper’ to describe the first general election in 1929 when women over the age of 21 had the right to vote.

Volunteers also dressed up as activists, holding placards, waving banners and also involved further re-enactor characters such as Ramsay MacDonald ‘pressing hands’ amongst the crowd. A tea and scones reception was held, for invited guests during the reenactment of the announcement the election result. Loughborough MP Nicky Morgan was seen being led away in handcuffs at one point by an appropriately dressed period police officer!

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