The Cabinet table

Political pioneers: The first 20 women in Cabinet

Inspired by Women’s History Month, discover our replica Cabinet table display onsite on the first floor.

The display features records on the first twenty female Cabinet Ministers, from Margaret Bondfield, the first woman appointed to the Cabinet in 1929, to Patricia Hewitt who entered the Cabinet in 2001. It sheds light on the types of government roles initially available to women and the impact these pioneering women had on politics.

We encourage visitors to take a seat at the Cabinet table and flick through the facsimile records for themselves. The display runs until the end of May 2023.

Image of the cabinet table Political Pioneers display, showing hanging sign, table, chairs and facsimile documents laid out