Heritage Hits – Things to do in Autumn

Hello all! We are very sorry for the radio silence over the last few weeks but due to the recent events in Glasgow (namely a second fire at a very well-known building) and our PhD’s, we have been a bit snowed under with work.

We have however, managed to compile a list of ‘heritage hits’ including events, exhibitions and lectures for like minded geeks!



Goodies from the Mack exhibition

We can high recommend the Charles Rennie Mackintosh Making the Glasgow Style  exhibition, curated by Alison Brown, which finishes on the 14th August 2018. The exhibition has loads of objects which haven’t been on display before and also has a special object on loan from The Glasgow Guild – see if you can guess which one!

Stars of Scotland exhibition on at the Kirkcudbright Galleries from 28th July until 23rd September. Whilst much of the focus of the exhibition will be Scottish artists by birth or residence, with works dating from the mid-19th century to the end of the 20th century, significant works by English or European artists are also of interest who fall into this period.

Rip it up!The Story of Scottish Pop is on at The National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh from the 22nd June – 25th November 2018.  Artists and bands to be featured include Lonnie Donegan, Gerry Rafferty, the Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lulu, The Rezillos, Midge Ure, Simple Minds, The Skids, Big Country, Garbage, Franz Ferdinand, Young Fathers, and many more. The exhibition will be brought to life through original stage outfits and instruments, many loaned by the artists themselves, plus memorabilia, props, film and, of course, music. Tickets from £8.

Detail of the Women’s Suffrage in Glasgow exhibition 

Women’s Suffrage in Glasgow exhibition at the Mitchell Library runs from 6th August to the 25th January 2019. The exhibition is on level 5 of the library and has letters, poster and photographs.



In general, GWL always have a wee belter of a programme but if you fancy something a wee bit different why not go along to Histories of Reproductive Health and Activism on the 30th August 6pm-7.30pm.  This series of talks will examine the complex history of reproductive rights activism and the role of women in shaping reproductive healthcare in the past. Free

Glasgow School of Art students. Images from GSA archives & collections. 

We will be presenting a HERstory of Garnethill at The Glasgow Guild for Doors Open Day 2018.  As the DOD brochure states it will be ‘a lively talk on woman’s lives; from artists, business owners to staff at The Glasgow School of Art.’ The event will be held at The Glasgow Guild Workshop, 265 Renfrew Street, ​G3 6TT from 7.30-9.30pm on the 12th September.  It will be a first-come, first-gets-a-seat policy! More DOD goodies can be found here.

Our pal, Dr Jade Halbert will be at Dovecot Studios with Marion and David Donaldson in conversation with Jade Halbert on the 13th September, 2pm-3pm. Tickets cost £9.00 and include entry to LIBERTY Art Fabrics & Fashion on the day of the event. Entry on day of event only, ticket is non-transferrable.

Jean Muir: From the Liberty Stockroom to a National Collection with Georgina Ripley, Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Fashion and Textiles at National Museums Scotland, who will bring exclusive pieces from Jean Muir’s archive to Dovecot for this one-off event. 6pm to 7pm on 27 September 2018. Entry on day of event only, ticket is non-transferrable.



Sticking with the suffrage theme, which we love, the Glasgow Women’s Library need your help on the 16th August.  They are looking for women to help create a new heritage trail. The workshops run from 6pm-7.30pm at GWL. Free



Fancy something completely different? Why not come along to GWL to test your feminist knowledge on the 31st August 7pm-10pm at Herland: The Redstockinged Women’s Quiz! £25 per ticket (5 max per team).


The Edinburgh Book Festival is on from 11th -27th August and has a host of goodies for feminists and heritage geeks.  Adele Patrick is curating a series of events for the Revolting Women Series which aims to ‘honour Revolting Women – the militants and mavericks from 1918-2018 – whilst providing an inspirational oasis for writers and readers of all ages.’  Other gems include Jenny Landreth – Swim when you’re winning  (highly recommend), and Helen Pankhurst & Fern Riddell with Adele Patrick (if you don’t follow Dr Fern Riddell on Twitter, you should!)




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