Women Making History:
an intergenerational conference led by London women
Saturday July 11th 2009 1.30 – 4.45pm
at the Museum of London Docklands, Quayside Room, 3rd Floor
a one day participatory conference led by London women from different communities and generations looking at what women in London have lost and gained over the past 50 years and what we need to create momentum to change
featuring films from the Women Making History 2008 and 2009 projects,
a discussion led by participants from 2008 and 2009
the Women’s library,
poetry performance from Dorothea Smartt,
presentation from Remembering Olive Collective,
Getting to the Museum of London Docklands
Museum of London Docklands
West India Quay, Canary Wharf
London E14 4AL
By DLR: West India Quay
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277, N50, D6, 15, 115, 135
There is no entrance fee to the museum for conference participants
About the participants
The Golden Oldies is a group for elders of Caribbean origin. They’ve been meeting on the Walworth Road, South London for around 13 years. They do a variety of activities, keep fit, healthy living, African drumming, Black history month activities, and share a meal together. They often go on trips out all over London, and abroad.
Shravika Satsang Mandal
The Shravika Satsang Mandal group from the Wembley area in North West London is a collective of Asian women of East African origin who meet weekly to practice yoga, reflexology, share food and spiritual and reflective literature together. The women provide support for each other to face the day-to-day problems of settling and living in Britain. It was founded by Vilasgauri Dhanani in 1973 whose aim has always been to use a holistic approach to life and health to empower Asian women.
Young women from the Sir John Cass Foundation & Red Coats School
The above two groups have been meeting, discussing and creating work with various young women studying English and Media at the Sir John Cass Foundation & Red Coats School on Stepney Way, East London
Remembering Olive Collective
|Olive Morris was a key figure in Lambeth’s local history. She worked with the Black Panther movement; set up Brixton Black Women’s Group, was a founder member of The Organisation of Women of Asian and African Descent (OWAAD) and was central to the squatter campaigns of the 1970s. She died tragically young in 1979 at age 27.
The aim of Remembering Olive Collective (ROC) is to create public memories of Olive Morris, bringing together the personal testimonies of those who knew her, and publishing online information and materials relating to her life and work. ROC is currently working on an extensive oral history project and researching in archives and in October 2009 will be launching a public collection at Lambeth Archives focused on Olive Morris life and her times.
Dorothea Smartt, is of Barbadian (aka Bajan) heritage. Dubbed ‘Brit-born Bajan international’ [Kamau Brathwaithe], her work receives critical attention in Britain, Europe, the Caribbean, and the USA. She is acknowledged as tackling multi-layered cultural myths and the real life experiences of Black women with searing honesty. She was Brixton Market’s first Poet-in-Residence, and a former Attached Live Artist at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts. Her evocative and spirited voice “coils up your feelings, around granite chips of truth… unwinds solace, in the most soothing volleys” [Caribbean Times]. Described as “accessible & dynamic”, her work was recently selected to promote the best of contemporary writing in Europe today.
The Women’s Library
The Women’s Library exists to document and explore women’s lives in Britain in the past, present and future, and houses the most extensive resource for women’s history in the UK.
It was originally established in 1926, as the Library of the London Society for Women’s Service, the successor of the London women’s suffrage organisation led by Millicent Fawcett.
The current exhibition at the Library is Between the Covers: Women’s Magazines and their Readers. The reading room houses collections which cover a variety of topics, such as women’s rights, suffrage, sexuality, health, education, employment, reproductive rights, the family, and the home. The emphasis is primarily on women in Britain, but some international material is included. Entrance to the library and reading rooms is free.
The Women’s Library has collaborated with the Museum of London on the Women Making History project in 2008 and 2009.