Our national lifelong learning programme offers a rich, diverse programme of activities, events, courses and online resources for women of all ages and backgrounds across Scotland. This could be an introductory talk on the women’s library or women’s history quiz tailored to your local group, a training session on how to develop your own women’s history walk or a small “satellite collection” of books installed at a community venue in your local area. A full overview of the opportunities we facilitate is available in our National Lifelong Learning Palette of Learning Opportunities.
We have worked with women’s groups and partner organisations all over Scotland, including Inverness, Argyle and Bute, Dundee, Dumfries and Galloway, Clydebank, Renfrewshire and Falkirk. To read about some of the work we have done in the past, click on the map below or go to the national lifelong learning blog.
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Past events across Scotland
Some of the past events initiated by or involving GWL’s national lifelong learning team include:
Argyle and Bute (Dunoon)
The Engender/Women into Public Life project celebrated the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day with an event in Dunoon. We introduced people to the women’s library and ran The F Word workshop.
Making the Most of your Women’s Library: in partnership with WEA Women@work, GWL has hosted introductory sessions in Lochaber and Inverness. WEA women@work members found out more about GWL and brought along pictures and mementos of their own “heroines”.
“Women’s Work in the Highlands – Looking Back with Pride”: In December 2009, GWL staff travelled to Inverness to participate in this conference event hosted at the new Highland Archive Centre in partnership with WEA women@work. Over 60 women attended. GWL delivered a talk – “Towards a Women’s Library of Scotland” and oral history and mapping local women workshops.
GWL satellite collection at Inverness Women’s Aid installed March 2011.
We travelled to Dundee International Women’s Centre in March 2010 with She Comes to the Shields, our mobile exhibition which records and illustrates the histories of women migrants to Glasgow’s Pollokshields. Women from the centre saw and discussed the exhibition and then at a follow-up Women’s History Bring and Tell session told some of their own stories.
As part of Dundee Women’s Festival in 2011, we ran The F Word workshop and Women’s History Bring and Tell workshops to complement the mobile archive exhibition “Between Future and Past”
Wigtown Women’s Trail Group launched their new Wigtown Women’s History Walk on International Women’s Day 2010. GWL staff were involved in the launch event and GWL workshops formed part of the Wigtown Community Festival and the Wigtown Book Festival fringe programmes.
GWL satellite collection in the Ewart library, Dumfries. Travelling exhibition of zines and Graphic novels by women writers and illustrators.
GWL have been working with women at WEA Clydebank to look at women’s history in Clydebank and to record oral histories with the help of students from Glasgow University.
We also run beginner’s courses in researching women’s history in Clydebank and Dumbarton in partnership with Glasgow University and West Dunbartonshire Community Learning and Development.
We have supported staff at Inverclyde volunteer centre to develop a new multicultural women’s group in Greenock.
The F Word workshop and women’s history taster sessions delivered at HMP Greenock.
Satellite book collection installed at Cornton Vale Prison learning centre.
Learning training and volunteering opportunities for women and women’s groups in Scotland
To find out more about the national lifelong learning programme look at our Inspiring Resources page which details the range of events, workshops and courses we can offer. We also have a range of online learning resources for women across Scotland, including videos, oral history resources, workshops on how to research women’s history in your area and guidelines on developing your own women’s heritage walk and information on research sources.
We are experienced in working in partnership with a range of organisations and are always keen to develop new opportunities for women. If you are interested in developing opportunities for women in your local area, please contact us. Information on organisations we are currently working with can be found in our partners section.
Book a workshop/Make an enquiry
If you would like a visit from our National Lifelong Learning Team or would like to book a workshop or session from our Inspiring Resources, contact the National Lifelong Learning Development Worker, Morag Smith.