Votes for Women – WSPU – rosette. Photo: Lee Baxter
Spirited is a new exhibition at The Portico that tells the stories of some of the young women and girls who fought for the vote 100 years ago, centring on Manchester as the birthplace of the suffrage movement. It brings to life their incredible acts of courage, creativity and cunning in order to inspire today’s young people into taking their own first steps into social action.
It’s curated by Catherine Riley of Spirit of 2012, and runs until November 24th 2018.
For the last few months I have been working on a digital version of the physical display. It features all the artefacts from the physical show, plus a timeline and some downloadable key stage 3 teaching resources written by archivist Heather Roberts.
Spirited is funded by Spirit of 2012, established by the Big Lottery Fund with a £47m endowment from the National Lottery. One of Spirit’s goals for 2018 is to empower, inspire and engage young women and girls – it is funding a range of projects that provide opportunities for making change through social activism.
Spirited features items from the collections of the BBC archives, the BFI, Bishopsgate Institute, British Library, Museum of London and the Women’s Library at LSE, which together offer an exciting new perspective on the suffrage story in a positive, youth-focused celebration of gender equality.
Saturday March 10th 2018
As part of the Suffragette City – Portraits of women in Manchester music exhibition, The Refuge will be hosting an all day and night-into-early morning charity music event both to celebrate International Women’s Day and to close off the exhibition’s two-week installation in the public bar.
Music across two floors from an all-star female DJ line up.:
Love Is The Message
In the Refuge Public Bar
3pm – 1am
* Blasha & Allatt (Meat Free)
* Corinne Drewery (Swing Out Sister)
* Dance Lady Dance
* Abigail Ward (Manchester Digital Music Archive)
* Nongi Oliphant
* Claud Cunningham
* Kirby Leanne Halliday
* Justine Alderman
Move Ya Body
In The Refuge Basement hosted by The Social Service
10pm – 4am
* Rina Ladybeige
* DJ Paulette
* Gina Breeze
* Kath McDermott
* Disco Mums
There will be collection buckets on the night and a £2 door donation for the Social Service with all proceeds going to Women’s Aid and Manchester Digital Music Archive.
The Suffragette City exhibition is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
Fri, 23 Feb 2018, 17:30 – 1:00
BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE FOR THE OPENING PARTY HERE.
(Booking is advised but not essential.)
Suffragette City is the culmination of a period of activity aimed at recognising and celebrating women’s achievements in the music industry. In the year we celebrate 100 years of Suffrage in the UK, we want to pause and highlight the roles women have played, bringing their voices to the fore. We set out to show just how vibrant, brilliant and influential women in music have been and continue to be.
This exhibition, curated by Manchester Digital Music Archive co-founder Alison Surtees, features photographic portraits of 25 key women in Greater Manchester music, including venue owners, sound engineers, record label managers, DJs and musicians.
Join us for the opening of our exhibition on Friday 23rd February from 5.30pm. Music comes from DJs Abigail Ward, Kath McDermott and Paulette, 5pm-1am.
Exhibition closing date: Saturday 10th March.
This exhibition is part of our ongoing project, Rebel Music – The Sound of Politics and Protest in Manchester and is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.
Photo: DJ PAULETTE by ELSPETH MOORE
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