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

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Girls Do Science Family Day
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:

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Votes for Women Garden Party (and museum birthday party!)
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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Working for Equality Cinema: Made In Dagenham
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:

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:

Refreshments and childcare

Some basic refreshments will be provided. 

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

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