Election 2015 England

General election fever in 1929

1929 election Image copyright Trustees of the Trevelyan family
Image caption Geoffrey Trevelyan lent a hand to his father's re-election campaign

Photo opportunities, poster campaigns and blanket news coverage are all election campaign staples.

The same techniques were used in an attempt to woo voters in the early 1900s, as visitors to a Northumberland tourist attraction will be able to see.

An exhibition at Wallington showcases the 1929 general election, featuring campaign material used by its then owner and parliamentary candidate Sir Charles Philips Trevelyan.

Image copyright Craig Connor / NNP
Image caption Election posters and memorabilia highlight the campaign aims of both Sir Charles and his opponents

Transcripts of speeches, diary entries, and letters requesting support from campaign groups will be on show.

Image copyright Trustees of the Trevelyan family
Image caption The hall hosted a rally of Labour supporters ahead of the 1929 election

The 1929 election was the first time women over the age of 21 were able to vote and the exhibition includes many references to the suffrage campaign.

Prior to this only women over 30 who met minimum property requirements were eligible to vote.

Image copyright Craig Connor / NNP
Image caption Visitors are invited to post a description of their personal "utopia" into a ballot box

Sir Trevelyan was an aristocrat but described himself as "an illogical Englishman", and his socialist beliefs led him to give his 1,300 acre estate to the National Trust, on behalf of the nation.

Image copyright Trustees of the Trevelyan family
Image caption Election posters in 1929 went straight to the point, not bothering with fancy gimmicks or slogans

Gillian Mason, visitor experience manager for Wallington, said: "We hope it will give people a chance to escape the present day election hype and spin and give a fascinating insight into history."

Image copyright National Trust/John Millar
Image caption Wallington Hall, now run by the National Trust, was the home of the Trevelyan family

The Vote at Wallington exhibition runs until October.

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