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Wonder Women Radical Manchester

Join us for a fabulous season of events celebrating the achievements of women

2 March 2015

Wonder Women Radical Manchester

It’s back!  Wonder Women Radical Manchester, Manchester’s celebration of women’s art, culture, film, sport, history, music and much more, returns to the city that gave rise to the suffragette movement.  During March 2015, almost all of the city’s museums and galleries, as well as other public institutions, will be staging events that celebrate female creativity and ingenuity.  They will commemorate the suffragette movement and ask just how far feminism has come since women first began campaigning for the right to vote 100 years ago.  Find out what’s happening at PHM and get involved:

Sat 7 March
Women as Peacemakers City Centre Trail
Celebrate International Women’s Day and join our Green Badge Tour Guide, Suzanne Hindle, on a walking tour around the city centre.  Uncover the stories of historical and modern Manchester women and find out about their contribution to harmony through radicalism, war effort, nursing, science and community work.  This event has been supported by a grant from Manchester City Council.
Family Friendly activity, suitable for over 10s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Sun 8 March
Living History performance: The Hard Way Up – A Suffragette’s Story
Celebrate International Women’s Day and watch our Living History character based on the life of suffragette Hannah Mitchell.  She spoke out for women and the poor and became a peace campaigner after World War I.  This event has been supported by a grant from Manchester City Council.
Family Friendly event, suitable for over 7s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
1.15pm – 2.00pm

Mon 9 March – Sun 22 March
Still We Rise
Find out more about WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together – Manchester) and MISOL (Manchester Migrant Solidarity) and their campaign to shutdown Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre. Through photographs, dance, song, drama, poetry and spoken word Still We Rise communicates the stark realities of life and the injustices faced by women seeking sanctuary in the UK.  The women express their resilience and resistance to the ultimate inhumanity experienced within the asylum system at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.
Suitable for all ages
No booking required
In order to keep our exhibitions programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
10.00am – 5.00pm

Mon 9 March
A feminist tour of the galleries
A walk through the museum galleries with a focus on all things women!  Join University of Manchester Researchers in Residence, Camilla Røstvik and Lucy Johnson exploring their perspectives and ongoing research of the PHM galleries.  Part of a series of events exploring feminism as part of the Research in Residence Programme at the University of Manchester.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
3.00pm – 3.45pm

Sat 14 March
Still We Rise – Roadshow Performance
Join WAST (Women Asylum Seekers Together – Manchester) and MISOL (Manchester Migrant Solidarity) for their performance piece highlighting their campaign to shutdown Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.  Through photographs, dance, song, drama, poetry and spoken word Still We Rise communicates the stark realities of life and the injustices faced by women seeking sanctuary in the UK.  The women express their resilience and resistance to the ultimate inhumanity experienced within the asylum system at Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre.
Suitable for all ages
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
12.00pm – 2.00pm

Sun 15 March
Sunday Salon: Patron Saint of Prostitutes, Josephine Butler and a Victorian Scandal
A Sunday Salon with the book’s author Helen Mathers and historian of sexuality Jana Funke.  Victorian feminist Josephine Butler campaigned against laws that abused prostitutes.  She helped women and girls affected by trafficking and sexual abuse.  Her campaigns mesh with those in Manchester at the time, particularly the women’s suffrage campaign.  The event includes a Q&A with the author and book signing.  Supported by The Wellcome Trust Sexology Season.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
2.00pm – 3.30pm, join us for tea and cake from 1.30pm

Mon 16 March
Wollstonecraft tour of the galleries
Join Researchers in Residence, Camilla Røstvik and Lucy Johnson exploring the legacy and feminism of Mary Wollstonecraft on a unique tour through the museum galleries.  Part of a series of events exploring feminism as part of the Research in Residence Programme at the University of Manchester.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
3.00pm – 3.45pm

Sun 22 March
Sylvia Pankhurst: Everything is Possible film screening
In conjunction with a ‘Sylvia Pankhurst Heritage Bike Tour’ starting from the Gallery of Costume in Platt Fields Park at 12.00pm, Manchester Film Co-op is hosting a premier screening of this 2011 feature length documentary, tracing Sylvia Pankhurst’s ideas, campaigns and political life.  It is packed with little known facts from primary sources, rare archive imagery, interviews with historians and compelling testimony from Sylvia’s son, Richard Pankhurst and his wife Rita.  The campaigns Sylvia led embraced far more than ‘votes for women’ as she uniquely understood the fight for democratic rights required a challenge to the system.
Suitable for over 7s to adults
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £6 / Suggested donation if also attending bike tour £3
2.30pm – 4.00pm
Heritage Bike Tour: To book please visit the Facebook page
Bike tour meets at Gallery of Costume, Platt Fields at 12.00pm, due to finish at PHM at 1.45pm. The museum cafe will be open for those wishing to purchase lunch or refreshments before the film screening.

Sat 18 April
Wollstonecraft and Contemporary Feminism
A discussion of Mary Wollstonecraft – is she still relevant to contemporary feminism?  Activists talk about her role in the modern women’s movement.  With Anne Louise Kershaw from NoMorePage3 and Roberta Wedge, from the Mary on The Green campaign.  Part of a series of events exploring feminism as part of the Research in Residence Programme at the University of Manchester.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
3.00pm – 4.30pm

Mon 11 May
Wollstonecraft’s Panel
Join Chair of Romanticism Professor Sharon Ruston (Lancaster University), lecturer in 18th century literature Dr Laura Kirkley (Newcastle University), Senior Lecturer in English Dr Emma Liggins (Manchester Metropolitan University) and lecturer in 18th and 19th century literature Dr Sonja Lawrenson (Manchester Metropolitan University) for a discussion of their varied and fascinating publications and work on Mary Wollstonecraft.  After individual 20 minute papers we welcome your questions.  Part of a series of events exploring feminism as part of the Research in Residence Programme at the University of Manchester.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
2.00pm – 4.00pm

Mon 18 May
Stirred Poetry event: Wollstonecraft
Stirred Poetry is a feminist collective.  Founders Anna Percy and Rebecca Audra Smith will lead a discussion and creative writing workshop on the topic of women’s rights.  You will respond to Mary Wollstoncraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman using different techniques, with a group piece that looks at the needs of today and our inheritance of the past.  In today’s climate, when we are told that we won’t see equal pay for women until 2067, this conversation is still crucial.  Part of a series of events exploring feminism as part of the Research in Residence Programme at the University of Manchester.
Suitable for adults and young people
Booking required via Eventbrite
In order to keep our events programme affordable to everyone, please make a donation
Suggested donation £3
2.00pm – 4.00pm