Singer-songwriter Matt Hill tells the story of how everybody in the UK came to have a vote. Using original songs alongside content from the collection of the People’s History Museum, ‘Battle for the ballot’ crosses the centuries to show how the right to vote was won.

Beginning in the Industrial Revolution the story takes in events like the Peterloo Massacre and introduces the people – radicals, chartists, reformers, suffragists and suffragettes – who fought for the ideal of ‘Universal Suffrage’, which was finally achieved in 1928.

Battle for the Ballot is an educational, entertaining and thought-provoking song cycle. It is available as an album on CD, download or streaming. It can also be booked as a live show suitable for venues, arts centres or festivals interesting in live music and social history. A workshop version is available for schools that explores citizenship and democracy as well involving children in creative exercises and songwriting.

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Quiet Loner

Through 2016 Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) was songwriter-in-residence at The People’s History Museum in Manchester, UK. This site contains the blog about the residency along with information about the show and album that sprang from it – The battle for the ballot.

The project was supported by a grant from Arts Council England.

The album