Generations of Activism: 1918/1978/2018 Meetings with the 1970’s Women’s Movement and The Emmeline Pankhurst Barge Event

The Feminist Webs Archive, which documents one aspect of the Women’s Movement of the 1970’s and 80’s, Girls Work (youth work focussing on girls, their rights and potential) has moved to the People’s History Museum and to celebrate this we have organised a day of intergenerational conversation, creativity and fun, focussing on some 1970’s themes on Friday 23 March at People’s History Museum Manchester 10am-3.30pm and Emmeline Pankhurst Barge 4pm-6.30pm.

Throughout the day there will be opportunities to hear talks and take part in inter-generational conversations; to explore the archive and help build a photographic record of it; and to reflect on activism then and now. There will be badge making and zine workshops in the Museum. Following on from this participants will go for a journey on the Emmeline Pankhurst barge, share stories of activism past and present and hope to co-create some workshops for Girls Groups, to celebrate the International Day of the Girl in October 2018.

10.00-10.15 Welcome and arrival Kate Cook and Alison Ronan

10.15-10.45 Opening Memory Boxes: Instigated by Gabrielle Ivinson (these are being prepared and will have objects to invoke memories and imaginations of the future, linked to the archive, and will gather responses as they travel). It is hoped to take them to at least the following: two school or college Feminist Societies, to Moss Side and Hulme Women’s Action Forum members (older women activists) and retired Girls Workers in the North West, before the event in March.

10.45 Kate Pahl; Creativity stream introduction

11.00-11.00.45 Dr Kate Cook MMU and AN Other: Violence against Women, an intergenerational conversation

11.45-12.30 Women of the Soil: a conversation between young and older women linked to the Louise Dacacodia Trust who are currently undertaking an oral history project about Black women’s activism in Manchester starting from the 1970’s/80’s Abasindi collective to now.

12.30-1.15pm Lunch

1.15-2.00: ‘Our Bodies Ourselves’ meets Sexuality A Gender: Women’s Health Movements then and now Jayne Mugglestone, Chloe Cousins and Alima Sonne

2.00-2.45 Youth Work with Girls then and Now: The local and the organised Steph Green, Kristie Waller and Janet Batsleer

2.45-3.15 Closing session with poems

3.30 Finish at PHM

4.00-6.30 Emmeline Pankhurst Barge (from Castlefield Lock)

With celebration drinks and nibbles

Generations of Activism told through pop-up characters and story sharing

A Generations of Activism playlist compiled by participants and hosted by DJ Tracey

Planning for the Girls Work sessions for the International Day of the Girl Child events in October.

For further information and to register, visit:

Generations of Activism day timetable 31st January

Barge event invite

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