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Wonder Women: Radical Manchester

Wonder Women: Radical Manchester

4 February 2013

The museum is really excited to be part of a programme of cultural events running from 3 March to 7 April 2013 to coincide with Manchester’s International Women’s Day activities and shining a spotlight on women change makers, past and present.

These events are part of Wonder Women: Radical Manchester inspired by a shock moment in April 1913, when three ordinary Edwardian women turned vigilante, surprising guards at Manchester Art Gallery, smashing glass and causing a commotion in the fight for universal suffrage. Exactly 100 years later artists and organisations across the city have come together in a short season of events to reflect on its impact. A milestone on the way to 2018 and the centenary of the first Act of Parliament for women, Wonder Women is a distinctive Manchester voice questioning the power of women today. Join in and be heard –

Events at the museum include:

Monday 4 March
12.30pm – 1.30pm
Snapshot on Women
Did you know the museum holds an archive of over 80,000 photographs? Go behind the scenes and delve into our unique photo collections, the Labour Party photograph collection and the Communist Party of Great Britain photograph collection. In this lunchtime drop-in session, browse through photographs on the theme of women and uncover history through the lens.

Friday 8 March
1.15pm – 2.00pm
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 Manchester City Council.

Sunday 10 March
11.00am – 4.30pm
Make Sunday your Mum’s Day
Mums matter to us all. On Mother’s Day, Manchester Oxfam Group invites everyone to come to the museum and tell us how much their mums mean to them! Make a flower to plant in their garden, create a card, or write a note for the display.

Friday 15 March
1.15pm – 2.00pm, archive tour 2.00pm – 2.30pm
From Mary Wollstonecraft to Margaret Thatcher – Women’s History Tour
Come along for a guided tour of the main galleries of the People’s History Museum and discover how women shaped our history. Including the ‘first feminist’ Mary Wollstonecraft, the suffragettes, the peace campaigners at Greenham Common and, love her or hate her, Britain’s first female Prime Minister.
Stick around afterwards to see unique material in the Labour History Archive and Study Centre and go behind the scenes in our archive tour.

Every day until Sunday 14 April
10.00am – 5.00pm
Mums Matter 2 Mancunians
This exhibition in the museum’s Community Gallery highlights the work of Manchester Oxfam Group raising awareness of maternal mortality in developing countries, focusing on two of their recent major campaigns, MOMM:1400 and Pramble. It will also look at the ways in which maternal health in the UK has improved during the twentieth century.

Other events at other venues
As well as our events there are a whole range of different things taking place across the city. From gallery talks, guided tours, late night events to film, photography, performances etc.  Venues involved include Manchester Art Gallery, National Football Museum, Whitworth Art Gallery, Working Class Movement Library, Imperial War Museum North, Cornerhouse etc. To see what other events are taking place visit

2013 – 2018
The museum will be taking the lead on the national build-up to 2018 which will see the commemoration of the centenary of the Representation of the People Act of 1918 when women first won the (partial) right to vote.  In the years leading up to this date there will be a Wonder Women blog to provide a forum for debate and ideas. Other milestones will be celebrated in the intervening years.