The Women of Tyneside project has been working with diverse groups of women across Tyne and Wear in a variety of settings.
International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March 2019, marked the launch of our Festival of Women, a uniquely programmed series of events taking place in venues across Tyneside from March until June 2019.
Festival of Women events organised by TWAM
Women of Tyneside: The Female of the Species (Great North Nights)
- 7 June, 6-8pm Great North Museum: Hancock, Newcastle
Join Women of Tyneside for a chance to explore the Great North Museum: Hancock out of hours!
Learn more about the representation of women within our museum collections, including the female species’ within our natural history collection, and learn more about the Women of Tyneside project and our work, through a series of interventions across the museum. Remember to take the time to contribute to our washing line of sustainability.
Our Keeper of Archaeology, Andrew Parkin, will be carrying out tours of the fascinating representation of women within our Greek archaeology gallery at both 6:30pm and 7:30pm.
Grab a bite to eat and drink in the Hancock Café, open late. The evening will also be a chance to see the incredibly famous Natural History Museum’s Dippy the Dinosaur while it is here in Newcastle on its tour of the UK! Book your tickets to see Dippy on the evening here.
Women of Tyneside: What If Girls Ruled the World?
- 8 June, 11am-1pm Play + Invent space, Discovery Museum
Join artist Richard Bliss as he works with boys to create an artistic response to the question, ‘What if girls ruled the world?’ This workshop is for boys and their male parents or guardians. Age recommendation: 8-13 years old.
Book tickets here!
Women of Tyneside: Legacy!
- 14 June, 9am-4pm Great Hall, Discovery Museum, Newcastle
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To celebrate and commemorate the Festival of Women, we are hosting a day of inspiring presentations from some of the regions’ most talented and influential women. Join Baroness Joyce Quin, chair of Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums as she presents this not-to-be-missed event, filled with incredible women!
– Hannabiell Sanders and Yilis del Carmen Suriel, Ladies of Midnight Blue
– Sharon MacArthur, also known as Miss Menopause
– Dame Vera Baird, Police & Crime Commissioner for Northumbria Police
– Linda Conlon, Chief Executive, International Centre for Life
– Moira Kilkenny, co-author of ‘Angels of the North: Notable Women of the North East’
– Smart Works Newcastle
With a keynote speech from the incredible Joeli Brearley, the founder of Pregnant Then Screwed.
Pregnant Then Screwed is an organisation which protects and supports women who encounter pregnancy and maternity discrimination and lobbies the Government for legislative change.
Established 4 years ago in response to Joeli’s own experience of pregnancy discrimination, Pregnant Then Screwed has supported over 3,000 women. Her demands for legislative change have gathered over 100,000 signatures and been supported by 103 MPs. Her national protest, March of the Mummies, has been staged in 6 cities across the UK and one city in the US and was raised in Prime Minister’s Questions. Her events have supported thousands of mothers to find work that works for them. Joeli is the winner of the 2019 Northern Power Women ‘’Agent of Change’’ award, she is an Observer 2018 New Radical, and an Amnesty International Women Human Rights Defender. She is currently advising the Government on what they should do about the use of Non Disclosure Agreements in cases of pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
To keep the ticket price as low as possible, tea & coffee will be provided, but delegates will need to make their own arrangements for lunch. A cafe is available on site at Discovery Museum, though all delegates are invited to bring their own lunch with them.
Our final speaker will be announced soon!
Remembering Resistance: A Century of Women’s Protest in the North of England
- 29 June, 11am – 4pm Discovery Museum
Do you have stories to tell about activism? Remembering Resistance is a unique project celebrating 100 years of women’s protest in the North of England. Come along and share your memories and any related object which we would love to record, celebrate and use to inspire future generations. Click here for more information on the Remembering Resistance project.
Women of Tyneside: Deeds Not Words Walk
- 30 June, 10.30am Meet at The Junction, Haymarket, Newcastle
Approximately 90 minutes walk, beginning at Haymarket and ending at Central Station. Visiting sites linked to the suffrage movement in Newcastle, including the events of 9 October 1909, known as the Battle of Newcastle.
Booking information coming soon.