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Celebrate International Women’s Day at the People’s History Museum

Celebrate International Women’s Day at the People’s History Museum

7 March 2012

100 Years Girls' Work by Feminist Webs

The People’s History Museum, Manchester is delighted to be celebrating International Women’s Day 2012.  The museum has a number of exciting exhibitions and events on offer for visitors to enjoy on Thursday 8 March as part of this global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future, with events continuing into May 2012.

We are excited to launch our new Community Gallery exhibition, Women and Girls are Strong opening on Thursday 8 March, which includes everything you ever wanted to know about strong women.  Running until Sunday 20 May, this interactive exhibition curated by Feminist Webs invites visitors to add a leaf to the ’Histree’ and enjoy the wall of masks!  Since 2005, the Feminist Webs Movement has been gathering materials and ideas about empowering youth work with girls and young women.  This inspiring exhibition is the culmination of their work.  Feminist Webs would like to thank the Heritage Lottery Fund Young Roots Programme for supporting this project.

The museum is also delighted to be displaying Women Like You, the first contemporary portrait of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst by artist Charlotte Newson.  On display until Sunday 1 April, this eye-catching portrait has been created using photo-mosaic, containing 10,000 images of inspirational women sent to the artist by members of the public.  Each photo celebrates the extraordinary lives of ordinary women; from grandmothers, mothers, aunties and sisters to best friends, teachers, colleagues, scientists, politicians and peace-workers – in short, women like you!  Visitors can take the opportunity to meet the artist Charlotte Newson on Wednesday 14 March, 10.30am – 1.00pm and Saturday 17 March, 2.00pm – 4.00pm.  Visitors can also pick up a poster version of the portrait from the museum shop, along with lots of other items celebrating women’s history.  In association with the Pankhurst Centre in Manchester.

In addition, between 1.15pm – 2.00pm come along and watch a Living History performance: The Hard Way Up – A Suffragette’s Story based on the life of suffragette Hannah Mitchell.  This is a free event, suitable for over 9s to adults.  No booking required.  This event has been kindly supported by Manchester City Council.

For more information about International Women’s Day events across the city, please see Manchester City Council’s Diary of Events.