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Women On The Waterfront

NATIONAL Museums Liverpool is hosting a special ‘Women on The Waterfront’ weekend to showcase local women’s achievements from the past and present, ahead of International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March.

From suffragette performances to roller derby demonstrations, the weekend of Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 March promises special talks, family friendly craft sessions and information stands to celebrate the achievements of women across National Museums Liverpool’s waterfront venues: International Slavery Museum, Merseyside Maritime Museum, Seized! and Museum of Liverpool.

At Museum of Liverpool, one of the highlights is an appearance by the Liverpool Roller Birds, who compete in the city’s first roller derby league. They will be demonstrating their techniques and showing recorded footage of them in action to help visitors understand more about this exciting sport. In addition, a free trail around the Museum will invite visitors to discover the many stories of inspiring women throughout the venue. MaMa choir will also be singing.

At Merseyside Maritime Museum and Seized!, visitors can find out more about mermaids, early fossil-hunter Mary Anning, and listen to special performances from The Choir with No Name.

International Slavery Museum will be holding adult colouring-in sessions designed by illustrator, Laura-Kate, inspired by the stories of women across our waterfront venues.

Julia Bryan, Senior Education Manager, National Museums Liverpool, said: “We are really proud to be celebrating the achievements of women at our waterfront Museums and to promote the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women around the world.

“There is so much to showcase and celebrate International Women’s Day – it is a really packed programme and everyone will find something to engage them.

“As well as the fun, there is a more serious side too – we’ll have information stands where women can find out more about protecting their health and safety. We’re also appealing for visitors to donate new women’s bras and knickers at Merseyside Maritime Museum for the Smalls for All charity which distributes them to girls and women in Africa, helping to protect them from potential disease and abuse”.

On International Women’s Day, Tuesday 8 March, highlights include:

  • Inspirational Women from Liverpool: 2-3pm, Museum of Liverpool. Lucinda Matthews-Jones, Lecturer of History at John Moores University, will be delivering a talk about some of the influential women who have left their mark on Liverpool’s history.
  • Female Abolitionists: 2- 3pm, International Slavery Museum. Dr Ray Costello will present a talk highlighting the female abolitionists who fought to end slavery, looking at how they were perceived and treated.
  • International Women’s Day: 1pm, Walker Art Gallery. A talk that celebrates the four female winners of the John Moores Painting Prize; Mary Martin, Lisa Milroy, Sarah Pickstone and Rose Wylie.

Ongoing exhibition Poppies: Women and War at Museum of Liverpool (until 5 June 2016) explores the thousands of women who suffer as a result of war, but whose stories are lost behind the dramatic headlines from the battlefields. Exhibition photographer, Lee Karen Stow will be giving a talk and tour about her inspiration, on 19 March.

For more information and full listings, see: liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/womensday

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