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Demonstration

A demonstration against the House of Lords in 1896.

During the 19th century Glaswegians often took to the streets to protest over a wide range of political issues and to demand reforms such as manhood or universal suffrage. In 1816 between 30,00 and 40,000 people took to the streets to demand political reform, while a Chartist meeting in May 1838 attracted an estimated 150,000 people. Opposition to the House of Lords became increasingly vociferous at the the end of the Victorian era, particularly among Liberals and members of the new Labour Party. In 1911 the powers of the House of Lords were severely curtailed with the passing of the Parliament Act.

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Glasgow Museums

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