Looking forward to the launch of our Autumn Programme…

We’re thrilled to bring you our Autumn programme of events, workshops, exhibitions, talks and film screenings which will be available to pick up in the library or check out on our website from 18th August.

#GWL25

This really is our biggest and best programme yet, and includes our exciting birthday plans to mark our 25th anniversary. Glasgow Women’s Library has been making cultural and creative waves since its launch in 1991. With our gorgeous home, life-changing projects and unique Recognised Collections there is so much to celebrate!

Event Spotlight

We hear from Elizabeth Ford and Brianna Robertson-Kirkland who are recent PhD graduates in music from the University of Glasgow. Elizabeth and Brianna are hosting an incredible day at the library to research and discuss women’s education in the arts in the 18th century on Thursday 8th September.

Flautist Elizabeth Ford and Harpsichordist Allan Wright
Flautist Elizabeth Ford and Harpsichordist Allan Wright

“Our research focuses on eighteenth-century music, and during our doctoral work we found glimpses of women’s contributions to musical life, and became keen to find out more about women and their contributions to education throughout the eighteenth century. The arts (music in particular) played an important role in the education of women. Women made many contributions to education as governesses and by instructing their younger siblings, though little else is generally known of women’s contributions to education. We have organised this day-long workshop to bring together historians, artists, musicians, and anyone else interested in this broad but important subject.”

Brianna Robertson-Kirkland
Brianna Robertson-Kirkland

“The day-long workshop will feature a range of speakers on topics as diverse Mary Wollstonecraft, the Arthurian legend, and women in eighteenth-century China. Invited speakers Kirsteen McCue, Penelope Cave, Mark Towsey, and Katrina Faulds will give talks on a variety of themes related to women and education in the eighteenth century. A lunchtime concert of music written by or for women and performed on historical instruments will be one of the highlights of this exciting day.”

We certainly can’t wait to have the gorgeous sounds of harpsichord, fortepiano, voice and baroque flute in the library, and hear the discussions on women’s education in the arts. If you’d like to attend Women and Education in the 18th Century on Thursday 8th September, from 10am to 6pm, please visit the Eventbrite link to book.

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