A rally at the WOW - Women of the World festival at the Southbank Centre, London. Image: Alice Boagey

Museums mark International Women's Day

Simon Stephens, 08.03.2018
Many venues linking events to women's suffrage anniversary
Museums, galleries and heritage sites all over the UK are taking part in events to mark International Women's Day on 8 March. The theme for this year's International Women's Day is #PressforProgress, which aims to encourage people to be gender inclusive.

Many venues have linked their activities to this year's centenary of the 1918 Representation of the People Act, which gave some UK women the right to vote for the first time.

National Museums Liverpool has a range of events, including talks and exhibitions. These include the Taking Liberties: Women's Suffrage in Liverpool display, which was created by the 1918 Club, a discussion forum for women established by Eleanor Rathbone in 1918 that meets regularly in Liverpool. The display includes oral history recordings of a number of Suffragettes telling of their experiences first-hand.

St Fagans National Museum of History in Cardiff is holding 100 Years of Women's Activism in Wales on 10 March. This features talks, discussions and activities, including the chance to meet curators and create miniature protest banner and badges.

London's Southbank Centre is holding the WOW - Women of the World festival on 7-11 March. This will bring together artists, writers, politicians, comedians and activists to look at the issue of gender equality.

Scarborough Museums Trust is staging Glass Ceilings: The Unseen Barriers to Women's Success, an event featuring a panel of women who have broken through the glass ceiling of the museum world. Speakers include Jane Glaister, Jane Sellars and Barbara Woroncow, who will discuss their successful backgrounds working in the cultural and museum sectors.

The theme of this year's Museums Association Conference & Exhibition in Belfast (8-10 November) is Dissent: Inspiring Hope - Embracing Change. The event will address issues such as equality, diversity and inclusion and the role of protest and activism.

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