Group coordinator: Margaret Welsh
If anyone is interested in volunteering activities (see below for more details) please can you get in touch with me.
Meetings will take place Tuesdays 2pm at 20 Wormhill Terrace (the one with the grey door).
The Beamish group is presently engaged in a project which will be part of International Women’s Day celebrations at the museum in March 2020.
At present we are researching the women’s suffrage movement with particular interest in the role of local working class women. We have spent a day at Newcastle Library scouring the pages of The Illustrated Chronicle… we have visited Redhills, The Miner’s Parliament, in Durham and have made links with the guiding team who are happy to share their expertise with us… and we are intending to spend a morning at Gateshead Library to view The Suffragette magazines. We have access to the Chronicle on line …very kindly shared by The Heritage Society at Chester-le-Street… thank you Dorothy and James.
The idea is to create our own ‘archive’ of stories, newspaper articles, photographs, political cartoons, drawings… then to use these to create an exhibition at Beamish. We will certainly be taking part in a suffragette parade sporting banners and sashes and engaging with the public… maybe even creating a re-enactment of our own …
Beware gentlemen! We will be looking closely at your role in the suffragette movement.
We may live in interesting times but looking back can broaden our understanding of the modern world…
Thanks to Sue P, Gill G, Laraine L, Eileen R, Barbara, Canada Ann, Hilary, Edith, Judy R, and Margaret for their contributions to ‘Now This Lousy War is Over’ at Beamish Open-Air Museum. We talked (and listened to) people from all over the world. and made final preparations for the Peace Party at Beamish on Sunday 11th August.
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