One of the aims of the Fight for the Right project is to encourage young people to learn about voting systems and how the vote will affect them in the future. We have been learning about this by working with Don Hazzard, a local historian with expertise in the history of voting, and last week we were lucky enough to be able to visit the Houses of Parliament to witness democracy in action.
Here is what some of the students had to say about the trip:
We went to the Houses of Parliament and we saw many interesting things such as statues of Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher. We also got to see a live debate and where David Cameron sits in the House of Commons. (Lucy and Blythe)
Today we saw the inside of parliament and we saw the House of Commons and the House of Lords. We went inside the chamber and saw a debate…The Suffragettes chained themselves to the statues and men had to physically move them, but they broke the sword of one of the statues. (Salma)
Unfortunately we were so busy at Parliament that we didn’t have enough time to visit the National Gallery to see the famous painting damaged by Mary Richardson but we will write a blog post about this soon.