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 Women's history



March 2016 marks the beginning of Women’s History Season at Leeds City Museum!

Explore women's stories from Medieval anchoresses to Leeds suffragettes! Delve into museum, library and archival collections from the city and hear expert talks. 

We have events on everything from wartime munitions workers to forgotten female composers, political activists to nurses. 

Check out our menu of events planned throughout March and April 2016 below.

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Tues 15th March, 1.30-3.30pm
(FREE) Gender in Natural History Galleries
An interactive look at how gender and sexuality are represented in natural history collections, with Curator of Natural Sciences Rebecca Machin! Get up close with museum objects to find out how natural history collections are not always as scientific as they might appear. No previous knowledge required. 

Sat 30th April 2pm – 3:30pm
(FREE, drop-in) Leeds Queer Stories: Live Guiding 
Community curatorial staff will be on hand to talk about the Leeds Queer Stories project.

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Wed 13th April, 12.30-1.30pm
(FREE) ‘Cooking Without a Clock: Women, Domesticity and Timekeeping in the 19th Century’
Dr Rachel Rich considers what time meant to men and women in the 19th century, looking at diaries and published books. 

Tue 19th April, 2-3pm
(FREE) ‘From Adam to Yves’ 
A whizz through 5000 years of Jewish history, world costumes and textiles with Helen Frais. Helen is Cultural Director at Makor and currently on tour with her Historical Fashion Catwalk Show on which this show is based.

Thurs 21st April, 2-3pm
(FREE)'1910...and then'
A talk by Marjorie Emsley of Girlguiding Leeds, looking at how Guiding was set up in the early years, how the Movement spread abroad, and the introduction of Brownies, the Senior Section and Rainbows.

Thurs 28th April, 1.30-3.30pm
(FREE) ‘Making Our Voices Heard: The Changing Influences and Image of Women told through the Leeds Libraries Collections'
Sally Hughes from Leeds Central Library looks at how the image of women has changed from the 1700s to the present day, drawing on the Leeds Libraries collections.