Suffolk Euro MP Alex Mayer became a gallery exhibit for the day as she visited the Ipswich Art Gallery as part of a special exhibition to mark one hundred years since women gained the right to vote.
Ipswich museums are marking the 100 year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act at Ipswich Art Gallery by showcasing 100 artworks by women artists from the 1700s to the present day, including a painting by Suffolk suffragist Amy K Browning.
Ms Mayer will also discuss the European Year of Cultural Heritage with gallery volunteers, which is designed to encourage people to find out more about the history near to where they live and stimulate conversations about learning from the past.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “MEPs aren’t extinct quite yet, so I wasn’t entirely sure about being put in a museum, but it’s turned out to be great fun and informative too.
“Suffolk was a huge player in the campaign for women’s votes, so I am delighted that we are celebrating our area’s role in the struggle for equality so more people can learn about history on their doorstep.”
Cllr Carole Jones, Portfolio Holder for Development & Museums on the Ipswich Borough Council Committee said:
“It’s wonderful to welcome our MEP Alex Mayer to the Women 100 art exhibition.
“This year marks a special anniversary for any woman. Women’s suffrage 100 years ago was a vital first step towards equality but we should not for a moment think that the long march is over.
“Alex is Suffolk’s only woman MEP, so her visit is a timely reminder of how much more progress we need to make.”