What’s on?

Dear Friends,

Coronavirus news:

LSE is now requiring all tutors to switch from personal to online teaching as soon as possible, and by 23 March at the latest.  In the circumstances we have decided to postpone next Wednesday’s presentation of Versailles 1919: the return of the Dangerous Women, by Dr Alison Ronan.  We hope very much to be able to enjoy a showing at our AGM at the end of June.

Stay safe, everyone!

with best wishes

Anne Summers

for the Executive Committee, Friends of The Women’s Library

Here’s the  Talks programme for the first half of 2020

Wednesday 15 January, Tara Finn, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: ‘A necessary evil?’ Prostitution and the armed services in the records of the Association of Moral and Social Hygiene 1915-1945.

Wednesday 12 February, Susan Pares, ‘An Ordinary Feminist Life’: Margaret Pares 1878-1963’.

Wednesday 18 March,  a late International Women’s Day special – Versailles 1919: the return of the Dangerous Women, Produced by Charlotte Bill and the Clapham Film Unit (and starring Dr Jane Grant as Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence!)  It will be introduced by Dr Alison Ronan.

Wednesday 29 April, Jennifer Gordon, ‘Suffragettes of Kent: suffrage ’spade work’ in the Garden of England’.

Wednesday 27 May, Professor Mary Joannou, ‘The Life and Times of Clara Dorothea Rackham (1875-1966): Suffragist, Socialist and Social Reformer

Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A   2HD  Time: 2. 30pm.Please meet in the foyer at 2.15

Cost: £3 for Friends of the Women’s Library and £4 for non-members.

Cheques made payable to: The Friends of the Women’s Library and sent to
Susan Pares, 86 Crescent Lane, London SW4

 Subjects and objects of government: women from the 19 the to the 21st century; the afternoon talks programme of the Friends of The Women’s Library at LSE, Autumn 2019 – Spring 2020

Wednesday 18 September, Billie Fletcher, York University, The Six and a Half Project: an archive zine project designed to give new life to old images and inspire a more artistic generation of Women’s History enthusiasts.

Thursday [please note the day!] 10 October, Dr Arianne Chernock, Boston University: The Right to Rule and the Rights of Women: Queen Victoria and the Women’s Movement

Wednesday 27 November,Dr Alison Ronan, Visiting Research Fellow, Manchester Metropolitan University: ‘The Women Who Said Yes’:the 17 women parliamentary candidates of the 1918 General Election.

Wednesday 15 January,Tara Finn, Foreign and Commonwealth Office: ‘A necessary evil?’Prostitution and the armed services in the records of the Association of Moral and Social Hygiene 1915-1945.

Wednesday 12 February, Susan Pares,‘An Ordinary Feminist Life’: Margaret Pares 1878-1963’.

Wednesday 18 March,a late International Women’s Day special – Versailles 1919: the return of the Dangerous Women, Produced by Charlotte Bill and the Clapham Film Unit(and starring Dr Jane Grant as Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence!) It will be introduced by Dr Alison Ronan.

Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A   2HD  Time: 2. 30pm.Please meet in the foyer at 2.15

Cost: £3 for Friends of the Women’s Library and £4 for non-members.

Cheques made payable to: The Friends of the Women’s Library and sent to
Susan Pares, 86 Crescent Lane, London SW

Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media – Foundling Museum <https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/portraying-pregnancy/); and also the accompanying book (Portraying Pregnancy: from Holbein to Social Media | paulholberton <https://www.paulholberton.com/product-page/portraying-pregnancy-holbein-to-beyonc%C3%A9 

The exhibition (which seems to be being widely reviewed in the media) explores representations of the pregnant female body through portraits, over five hundred years.  Until the twentieth century, many women spent most of their adult years pregnant. Despite this, pregnancies are seldom apparent in surviving portraits. The exhibition brings together images of women – mainly British – who were depicted at a time when they were pregnant (whether visibly so or not). Through paintings, prints, photographs, objects and clothing from the fifteenth century to the present day, it discusses the ways in which pregnancy was, or was not, represented; how shifting social attitudes have impacted on depictions of pregnant women; how the possibility of death in childbirth brought additional tension to such representations; and how more recent images, which often reflect increased female agency and empowerment, still remain highly charged.
The accompanying book, also entitled Portraying Pregnancy: from Holbein to Social Media, 144 pages with 60 illustrations, addresses all the objects and case histories in the exhibition, and many more.
In addition, there will be a study day related to the exhibition, on 22 April – again at The Foundling Museum (Study Day: Portraying Pregnancy – Foundling Museum <https://foundlingmuseum.org.uk/events/study-day-pp/>  ).  


 
A weekend of activities entitled Mary Wollstonecraft
 and Dissent – a celebration.
 

April 24th-25th 2020.

It will be held at the Meeting House at Newington Green,

https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/wollstonecraft 

Celebrate Women’s History Month with Rachel – March 2020

Public Walking Tours and Visits
with
Rachel Kolsky and Go London Tours

CELEBRATE INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY 2020 THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MARCH!
Here is a super selection of tours linked to London’s wonderful women and the legacy they have left on its heritage and streetscape.

Note that the six tours marked with *WL@GLT*are all priced at £15.00 per person but anyone who
books any five of the six tours SAVES£5.00!

Islington Women at the LMA and on Foot with an EXCLUSIVE look at original ARCHIVE MATERIAL  *WL@GLT*
Tuesday 3rd March, 10.00am

Whether you like walking or attending a talk, this event has something for you. Come to the talk at the London Metropolitan Archives OR the walk OR both.
TALK– You will enjoy a talk and an EXCLUSIVE LOOK at document displays where we delve into the archives and hear stories of Islington’s Women both humble and famous linked to social work, education and murder!
WALK– Starting at the LMA this walking tour explores the lives and legacies of women associated with the area. From philanthropists, a famous architect and religious leaders the tour includes two women who worked together at the Old Vic and then revitalised Sadler’s Wells with music and dance.
£15.00. Book via Rachel <mailto:info@golondontours.com>  / 020 8883 4169

Hackney Heroines including an EXCLUSIVE visit to Hackney Town Hall *WL@GLT*
Tuesday 10th March, 10.30am
Enjoy this walking tour profiling famous Hackney women. From Mary Wollstonecraft to the Mothers’ Hospital and from Marie Lloyd to Helen Shapiro this walk will also introduce to you the Salvation Army Women’s Work, campaigners for equal taxation and women’s rights, authors and an 18th century silverware designer. The tour also includes an exclusive visit to the refurbished 1930s art deco gem, Hackney Town Hall.
£15.00. Book via Rachel <mailto:info@golondontours.com>  / 020 8883 4169

Meet the Author: Women’s London
Tuesday 10th March, 6.30pm
Ealing Library has invited me back  … this time to talk about Women’s London: A Tour Guide to Great Lives.
Inspired by the walking tours originally devised for The Women’s Library, my spoken words were put down on paper celebrating the impact women have had on London’s society, heritage and streetscape. From scientists to suffragettes, reformers and royals, authors and artists, sit back and discover some of my favourite London ladies while enjoying a virtual tour of London too!
£Free. Book via Eventbrite for Ealing Libraries – booking not yet open but check Ealing Libraries<http://www.ealing.gov.uk/>

London on Wheels: East End Women with EXCLUSIVE visit to Kingsley Hall
Sunday 15th March, 1.30pm
After the phenomenal success of Suffragette City, the Routemaster Bus tours profiling the Votes for Women campaign, we are’back on board’ to explore the many and varied initiatives of women of the East End and the legacy they have left behind – from match girls to suffragettes, social workers to nurses and rebel royals to artists and authors, East London has them all. The afternoon includes a very special treat – a tour of Kingsley Hall, the settlement and social centre founded by sisters Muriel and Doris Lester and the lodging for Gandhi during his visit to London in 1931. This tour is not to be missed.
£30.00/£25.00 conc. including refreshments! Book via Museum of London<https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands/event-detail?id=253608>

Feminism to Frankenstein, Slums to Settlements: St. Pancras Women *WL@GLT*
Tuesday 24th March, 11.00am
This NEWtour profiles a varied array of women who broke the mould, did not always agree and came from very different backgrounds but each of them has left her mark on St. Pancras, once one of the most deprived areas of north London. From a royal mistress to radical writers and from social workers to pioneers of housing management and women’s rights, you find them all in the under-visited areas immediately north and south of the Euston Road.
£15.00. Book via Rachel <mailto:info@golondontours.com>  / 020 8883 4169

Wonderful Women of Whitechapel *WL@GLT*
Tuesday 31st March, 10.30am
You cannot celebrate International Women’s Day without the CLASSICand EVER POPULARtour which visits sites associated with women who have defined Whitechapel and Spitalfields. Hear the stories of such significant figures as Eva Luckes and Edith Cavell at the London Hospital; radical campaigner Annie Besant; the founder of the PDSA and philanthropists Mary Hughes and Miriam Moses. The walk also explores locations related to influential characters in the contemporary world of Whitechapel.
£15.00. Book via Rachel <mailto:info@golondontours.com>  / 020 8883 4169