Making the Museum workshop
Jun
14
to Oct 1

Making the Museum workshop

FREE, book in advance

Ahead of designing a new museum, the East End Women’s Museum is running fun, participatory workshops for schools and community groups in east London.

If you are part of or know a group and would like to find about more, please get in touch.

More information about the workshop:

  • It is flexible, and can last between one and two hours

  • Is designed for up to 30 people

  • Is accessible to all, including children and vulnerable adults. We will discuss your needs in advance

  • Is delivered by trained staff and volunteers from the museum

  • Can be delivered at your own venue if you have one, or elsewhere if not

  • Is made up of several creative activities that support participants to learn more about the museum and women’s history, and to create and share their own responses (e.g. through collage, storytelling, and discussion).

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The Women’s Hall Garden Party
Jul
15
2:00 PM14:00

The Women’s Hall Garden Party

FREE, drop in

Celebrating the East London Federation of Suffragettes, based close by to Victoria Park, who campaigned for all women to have the right to vote.

There will be music and performance, exhibitions and workshops and a pop-up portrait booth. More information here.

Join the EEWM stall to give your thoughts on the new museum!


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DAGFEST
Jun
15
10:30 AM10:30

DAGFEST

  • Dagenham Village, Church Lane RM10 9UL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE, Drop in

Come and help make a museum!

We're building a new museum all about women's history and we’d like your ideas.

Create a map of local stories, design a collage, and tell us your thoughts about our new site.

DAGFEST is a participatory festival organised by Creative Barking and Dagenham, taking place in Dagenham Village.

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Women of colour in UK labour history: film screening and panel discussion
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Women of colour in UK labour history: film screening and panel discussion

Join us for a documentary screening about the 1976 Grunwick Strike, which was led largely by migrant women workers of South Asian origin. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about the often overlooked contribution of WOC in labour history, as well as interactions of race, class, and gender in industrial action and activism.

Thursday 18 October, 6.30– 8.30pm, Barking Learning Centre, Free. Book your place via Eventbrite.

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Strong Women Family Day
Sep
9
11:00 AM11:00

Strong Women Family Day

In 1926 boxer Annie Newton challenged people who said women shouldn’t box by asking if it was “half as hard work as scrubbing floors? Is it any more risky than working in a munitions factory?”

Our family event celebrates strong women and girls past and present: from Annie Newton to Nicola Adams, the courage of the suffragettes and the ‘munitionettes’, and every woman who has ever scrubbed a floor.

  • Watch a demonstration of non-contact boxing from Future M.O.L.D.S Communities 
  • Learn about the suffragettes who knew jujitsu and make your own suffragette sash with Eastside Community Heritage
  • Test your strength on our strongwoman striker
  • See our new Working For Equality exhibition about women factory workers in Barking and Dagenham
  • Colour in your own Rosie The Riveter poster

Free, 11am - 3pm Sunday 9 September, Barking Town Hall Square. Facebook event.

Barking Town Square is 8 minutes walk from Barking station. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/D5zMRbXnWhn

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Girls Do Science Family Day
Aug
18
11:00 AM11:00

Girls Do Science Family Day

You might have heard of the ‘munitionettes’ who worked on the assembly line in factories during the First World War, but did you know women worked as scientists too?

Our free family event celebrates women’s contribution to science, technology, engineering, maths and manufacturing then and now, highlighting role models and exciting innovations along the way.

Join us for inspiring talks, games, activities and demonstrations, find out about studying and working in STEM, and visit our mobile exhibition.

Saturday 18 August, 11am – 3pm, Dagenham Library

Dagenham Library is a few minutes' walk from Dagenham Heathway station on the District line. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/vogSr1da7rB2

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Votes for Women Garden Party (and museum birthday party!)
Jul
28
2:00 PM14:00

Votes for Women Garden Party (and museum birthday party!)

Join us for a garden party marking 90 years since women won the vote at the age of 21 (and our third birthday!)

We’ll be celebrating the ‘flappers’ who voted for the first time in 1929 and the young women who followed them by dancing down the decades: watch demonstrations of the charleston, the jitterbug, rock n roll, and the twist, and maybe try some steps yourself!

Enjoy some refreshments, make a suffragette sash, and visit our exhibition about women’s fight for equality in the workplace from the suffragettes to the Ford Dagenham strikers. 

Saturday 28 July, 2 - 5pm, Barking Park (7 mins walk from Barking Station) Book a free ticket on Eventbrite and let your friends know you're coming by joining the Facebook event.

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The Women's Hall Launch Event
Jun
2
11:00 AM11:00

The Women's Hall Launch Event

  • Tower Hamlets Local History Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We're holding a free public launch event for The Women's Hall exhibition at Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, 277 Bancroft Road, E1 4DQ on Saturday 2 June, 11am - 4pm: 

11am - 1pm          Drop-in, all ages toy making workshop with artist Judith Hope. No experience needed and all materials provided.
12.30 - 2.30pm Pay-what-you-can-cafe in the recreated 'cost price restaurant' 
1 - 1.30pm           Guided tour of the exhibition.
2 - 3pm                ‘Forgotten Suffragettes’ talk by Esther Freeman.
3.15 - 4pm           Research volunteers' showcase - hear about some of the fascinating things we couldn't fit in the exhibition!

Let us know you're coming on the event Facebook page.

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Working for Equality Cinema: Made In Dagenham
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

Working for Equality Cinema: Made In Dagenham

Almost 50 years to the day since the landmark sewing machinist's strike at the Ford plant in Dagenham which inspired the Equal Pay Act watch the film of their story, plus archive footage and interviews.

6.00pm Made In Dagenham (2010) Starring Sally Hawkins, Jaime Winstone, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson. "Rousing and entertaining... it should strike a rich seam of rewards from audiences everywhere." 

8.00pm Women's Stories of Ford Dagenham (2017) 30 min documentary using interviews and personal photographs to tell the real story of the strike in 1968 and the forgotten strike of 1984 which brought victory. Created as part of a Heritage Lottery Funded project by Queen's Theatre, Hornchurch.

This event is free and there's no need to book, just come along. Let us know if you're coming on the Facebook event page!


Getting here

Barking Learning Centre is 8 minutes walk from Barking station. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/D5zMRbXnWhn

The film will be shown in the conference room on the first floor of the Learning Centre, there is wheelchair access via a lift.

Barking station is on the Overground, Hammersmith & City, and District lines, as well as c2c rail from Fenchurch Street. 

Here's a list of nearby bus stops and services: https://tfl.gov.uk/maps?Input=Barking+Library%2C+Barking%2C+UK&InputGeolocation=51.53649139404297%2C0.07988429814577103

Refreshments and childcare

Some basic refreshments will be provided. 

A small fund to cover childcare costs is available, please contact Sarah Jackson at eastendwomensmuseum@gmail.com before Monday 28 May if you would like to make use of this.

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Votes, Wages, and Milk: East London suffragettes and WWI
Mar
29
7:00 PM19:00

Votes, Wages, and Milk: East London suffragettes and WWI

Talk by Sarah Jackson about the East London Federation of the Suffragettes' activities during the First World War. Plus, find out about The Women's Hall, an upcoming exhibition exploring the world of the East End suffragettes.

Watney Market Idea Store, 29 March, 7 - 8.30pm, Free

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Inspiring Women
Mar
22
6:30 PM18:30

Inspiring Women

🌟Join us for an entertaining and inspiring evening sharing words of wisdom and stories of courage from local heroines past and present!  

🌟Guest speakers will give a brief speech about a woman with an east London connection who inspires them, including pioneering journalists, doctors, community leaders and activists.

🌟We'll have a couple of 'open mic' slots for 5 minute lightning talks, if there's a woman from east London history that you'd like to shout about! Sign up on the night, first come first served.

🌟You'll also have the opportunity to find out more about the East End Women's Museum, tell us what you'd like to see in it, and find out how you can get involved in our Heritage Lottery-funded project Working For Equality this summer.

Here's the Facebook event.

Refreshments and creche 🍷🥤🍏👶

Some free refreshments will be provided, and we hope to provide a creche facility if there is enough interest. If you'd like to attend and a creche would make that easier for you please let us know in the comments or in a message so that we can get a sense of how many people are interested! 

Getting here 🚇🚌

Barking station is on the Overground, Hammersmith & City, and District lines, as well as c2c rail from Fenchurch Street. 

The Learning Centre (the library) is on the Town Square, 8 minutes walk from the station. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/D5zMRbXnWhn

Here's a list of nearby bus stops and services: https://tfl.gov.uk/maps?Input=Barking+Library%2C+Barking%2C+UK&InputGeolocation=51.53649139404297%2C0.07988429814577103

The event will be taking place in the conference room on the first floor of the Learning Centre, there is wheelchair access via a lift.

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The Women's Hall drop-in information event
Mar
15
4:00 PM16:00

The Women's Hall drop-in information event

  • Tower Hamlets Local History Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This year The Women’s Hall heritage project will explore the amazing story of the East London Federation of the Suffragettes through two major exhibitions, a series of events, and a photography project. 

We're recruiting volunteers for a wide range of roles, and there are lots of other ways to get involved too. It's a chance to learn new skills, have fun, and help bring an exciting idea to life.

This drop-in event is an opportunity to find out more about the project and how to take part, about Sylvia Pankhurst, Norah Smyth and the ELFS, and about the partners behind the project. Just come along on the day to find out more!

Here's the Facebook event page

About the East End Suffragettes

The East London Federation of the Suffragettes were a radical group who split from the WSPU in 1914 and fought for working women’s rights throughout the First World War. The Women’s Hall at 400 Old Ford Road in Bow was their headquarters from 1914-1924, a women’s social centre, and the home of their leader, Sylvia Pankhurst and her friend and fellow suffragettes, photographer Norah Smyth.

About us

The project partners are Four Corners, Tower Hamlets Local History Library and Archives, the East End Women's Museum and Women's History Month in east London. The project has been made possible by National Lottery players through the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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