GWL staff were in Wigtown for International Women’s Day this year. Hannah, GWL archivist and Morag, National Lifelong Learning Development Worker attended the launch and inaugural walk of the Wigtown Women’s Walk group on 8th March.
The walk, which celebrates the women of Wigtown past and present has been developed by the group over the last year. One of the original inspirations for it’s development was GWL’s own West End Women’s Heritage Walk and a talk given by volunteers from GWL’s Women Make History group. The launch was a unique event, attended by over 40 women from Wigtown and was based on the recreation of a tea party held in the town 170 years ago to commemorate the marriage of Queen Victoria to Prince Albert. 30 “nymphs” from Wigtown who had “survived the frosts of 40 winters” were invited to the original event. The afternoon included displays, and talks from members of the walk group and talks on the GWL archive and GWL’s National Lifelong Learning programme.
GWL will be supporting the group in promoting the walk within the local community by running workshops at the town’s community festival in July. A self-guided booklet version of the walk is being developed by the group and will be available for anyone who wants to explore the walk on their own.