This March and April we are putting on our first season of talks, events and study days relating specifically to women’s history.
Why are we holding these events?
Traditionally history has focussed on the lives of those that were thought of as the important figures in society – politicians, rulers, soldiers etc. – but the vast majority of those were men. In recent years there has been a real growth in interest in social history, and in particular looking at more general experiences of life. This has included a huge growth in interest in how women have lived their lives over the centuries.
Rather than just hold a one off event for International Women’s Day we thought it might be nice to bring together museum colleagues and other speakers and researchers from organisations across Leeds to put on a whole season looking at different aspects of women’s history.
What are the talks on?
Whilst it is by no means an exhaustive selection of topics, we do have a good range from a Medieval Women Study Day to a talk on the history of Girl Guiding, via a range of topics including votes for women, gender in natural history galleries, and even Jewish fashion.
Our first talk is on March 1st at 2pm, Leeds City Museum. Janet Douglas will be speaking about Isabella Ford: Socialism, Feminism and Peace.
Find out more!
If you fancy joining us for any of the events and want to find out more you can visit our special Women’s History website. Each drop down list at the bottom of the page takes you to a list of either events, talks, or study days.
Events and talks are free and on a drop in basis. There is a charge for study days (which includes lunch in our café), and places do need to be booked in advance with Leeds City Museum as they are limited.