The Battle for the Ballot

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Singer-songwriter Quiet Loner 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, this live performance crosses the centuries to show how the right to vote was won.

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

This educational, entertaining and thought-provoking show is focused around the song writing of Quiet Loner – the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill – and the People’s History Museum Songwriter in Residence for 2016.

Format : The show is around 60 minutes and will feature around 10 original songs alongside projections of images, posters, and other items from the Museum’s collection. It can be a stand alone performance or form one half of a longer event including other songs from Quiet Loner. Matt can also take part in open discussion sessions, panel discussions and workshops about the vote/citizenship, history as artistic inspiration or songwriting.

Suitable for : The show is suitable for all ages but is most appropriate for those 12 years and above. The show can be performed in music venues, community settings, arts centres, schools and colleges, libraries and museums.

About the show : This show was written as part of a Songwriter in Residence project which aims to interpret the museum’s collection through songs and in doing so increase public engagement with the collection. The project has been supported by a grant from Arts Council England. The Battle for the Ballot forms part of the People’s History Museum’s ‘Voting for Change’ project and was premièred in June 2016 as part of Manchester Histories Festival.

About the museum : The People’s History Museum in Manchester is the national museum of democracy. Following Britain’s struggle for democracy over two centuries it aims to engage, inspire and inform diverse audiences by showing ‘There have always been ideas worth fighting for’.

About the songwriter : Quiet Loner is the pen-name of songwriter Matt Hill. Music critics have praised his albums for their emotional qualities, their honesty and the way they connect with the listener. He’s been featured on BBC6 Music and has performed at Glastonbury Festival.



A3 Poster – Battle Ballot Print ready
Poster - Battle Ballot


The album

Songwriter in Residence

Through 2016 Matt Hill (aka Quiet Loner) was songwriter-in-residence at The People’s History Museum in Manchester, UK. This is a blog about the residency.

The project’s aim was to interpret the museum’s collection through songs and in doing so increase public engagement with the collection. The project was supported by a grant from Arts Council England.

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