Displaying Partisan Identity: The Material Culture of Elections

In the long eighteenth century, a wide range of objects and accessories (from ceramics to metalwork) were available for appropriation and deployment at election time. Whether they were worn, seen, used, made, sold, purchased, presented, or exhibited, these items afforded voters and non-voters opportunities to express support for specific candidates and parties; encouraged broad engagement with the political process; and promoted particular kinds of electoral behaviour. This exhibition showcases artefacts which bring to life the variety and significance of the material culture of elections.