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POSTPONED: Performing the Past

30th May at 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

March of Women, Glasgow Women's Library. Credit: Sarah Amy Fishlock
March of Women, Glasgow Women's Library. Credit: Sarah Amy Fishlock
March of Women, Glasgow Women’s Library. Credit: Sarah Amy Fishlock

Performing the Past has been postponed, in consultation with event partners, due to ongoing concerns around Covid-19. 

Join us to explore the world of pageants and the women behind them.

Performing the Past, Saturday 30th May, 12.30pm to 3pm


Over a hundred years ago, Scotland caught ‘pageant fever’. Thousands of performers dressed up and brought the past to life in front of captivated audiences the length and breadth of the nation. Without the hard work, dedication and creativity of women, these incredible, colourful, dramatic spectacles could not have happened. An afternoon of talks, performance and discussion exploring a largely forgotten craze.


As of Wednesday 18th March, Glasgow Women’s Library is closed until further notice. We believe that closing our doors is the best way to slow the spread of Covid-19. We are no longer taking bookings for events in our Spring programme, in the understanding that they may not go ahead. If you can check in at the end of April for updates on our website and social media, or by email, please do so. You can find more information on our response to Covid-19 here.

This event is for open to all and is free to attend. Please book below (you will be taken through the shopping cart but no charge will be made) or you can call us on 0141 550 2267. If you have booked a place and are no longer able to attend please let us know so that we can make your place available to someone else.


Glasgow Women’s Library is wheelchair accessible, with lifts to the first floor and the Mezzanine Floor. We have accessible toilets and all the bathrooms are individual closed stalls and are gender neutral. Our larger Events Space is fitted with an induction loop. A portable induction loop is also available. For paid events free companion tickets are available.

Find more information on Accessibility at GWL or contact us and we will be very happy to offer assistance.

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30th May
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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Glasgow Women’s Library
0141 550 2267


Glasgow Women’s Library
23 Landressy Street
Glasgow, G40 1BP United Kingdom
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0141 550 2267