Summer Programme ……lots of fun and learning

The ladies have had lots of fun taking part in the summer programme at the Glasgow Women’s Library.  This year we put together a mixture of activities where the women could come together to learn in an informal and comfortable setting.  So far, women who have taken part come from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life.  We are keen to promote integration and learning in a fun and creative way. 

ARTS AND CRAFTS

The women get creative in the Arts & Crafts workshops making hand made cards and their very own life book using scrap booking techniques.  Women brought along their photographs and other information to include in their life book.  We have enjoyed listening to one anothers stories of childhood, growing up, families, special memories, hobbies & interest, achievements and future aspirations.  

Mrs Farah has made her very first hand-made greetings card!
Mrs Nasreen Shami is pleased with the first page of her life book which was all about her name.

VISIT TO THE ST. MUNGO MUSEUM OF RELIGIOUS LIFE AND ART AND PROVANDS LORDSHIP

We set off to St Mungo Museum to learn about the main religions followed by people of Glasgow.

It was great to be taken round by the wonderful learning officer Kirsty Hood who made the objects come to life! 

Kirsty tells the story of the Hindu God Shiva.
Nadia takes a closer look at the beautiful painting of the 99 names of Allah created by the famous artist Abu Mustapha
Nurah has a go at handling objects belonging to different faiths.

While we were there, we went across the road to visit the Provand’s Lordship.

Mrs Shamim is fascinated by the old style kitchen and makes connections with kitchen utensils she used whilst growing up in her village in Pakistan.

VISIT TO THE KELVINGROVE ARTS GALLERY AND ‘BEING CREATIVE’

Although Kelvingrove Art Gallery seems an obvious landmark for places to visit in Glasgow, many local women had never visited the grand palace which houses over 8000 objects including art pieces and paintings. 

Mrs farah is re-united with her all time favourite rock star Elvis!

The women also took part in the ‘Be Creative’ workshop to explore methods of creative writing! 

FILM SCREENING

We watched a Bollywood film called Black, a thought provoking film about a young Indian girl who is deaf and blind.  The film was in Hindi and English with English Subtitles. 

” I am so glad I came along to watch this film.  I have never watched a bollywood film, both actors played their roles very well.  I felt so emotional and moved at the efforts of the young girl and her teacher.  Thank you for inviting me!”                  May Cummings

VISIT TO THE GARNETHILL SYNAGOGUE

It was extremely exciting visiting the very first purpose built Synagogue in Scotland which is located on Hill Street in the Garnethill area of Glasgow.  In fact it is still one of the finest 19th century Synagogues in Europe, and the “mother synagogue” of Glasgow.

Women learn about the different functions of the Synagogue.

The Synagogue also houses the fabulous Jewish archive.  It was a pleasure to learn about the Jewish history in Scotland which dates back to the 16th Century.

Mrs Parveen explores the Jewish archives.

And it doesn’t end there…… I cant wait to visit the Gurdwara in Pollokshields on Wednesday 28th July, 10.30am to 1pm; film screening of Slum dog Millionaire at the Glasgow Women’s Library on Thursday 29th July, 1.30pm to 3.30pm; and the woodlands trip to Barons Haugh Nature Reserve in Motherwell on Thursday 5th August 10am to 4pm! 

If you fancy coming along then please book a place by calling Syma or Pauline on 0141 552 8345.

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