‘Franchise Agitation’ at Archaeological Society

The next illustrated lecture – Mark Nixon’s ‘1884 Franchise Agitation in Hawick and the Borders’ – will be held in the town hall next Tuesday (February 3) at 7.30pm.

During the summer and autumn of 1884, one of the largest series of political demonstrations ever to take place in Britain demanded the extension of voting rights to many more working-class men, in particular in the country districts. The Border counties played a very active part in the agitation, with large demonstrations and meetings in all of the principal towns and many smaller villages.

Using surviving objects such as banners and trades models, this talk will look at those demonstrations and the demonstrators themselves – what they wanted, why they wanted it and what they did to get it.