The speaker will be Lil Brookes on the subject of The Ladies A, B & C.
Guests are welcome, and we ask that they make a donation, suggested amount £3.00.
Lil has kindly provided the following information.
For past couple of years I have run my own small business called Gatekeeper Art. I came to this after a sudden chronic illness which changed the way I see things and I decided to take a chance and follow my lifelong dream of being my own boss and trying to sell my work as an artist…both of which I am glad to say I have successfully done so far…! I am a Social Sciences graduate of UWS or rather Paisley College of Technology when I was a student and also followed studies post graduate in Social History. I worked for many years in vocational education as a training officer including some time as Education & Outreach Officer for West Dunbartonshire Museums based at Clydebank Museum. For the past several years I have worked in community outreach with adults with mental health issues, older adults, adults with physical and learning disabilities. I use heritage as the means to interact with these “hard to reach” groups and working in partnership with museums, libraries and a variety of community/ charity groups to build ways of using resources with the outcome of developing ways of learning from our shared heritage or enhancing wellbeing. So in my small business I wear many “hats” as a business person; project manager; artist and social historian with a community practice…my motto…” keep calm and carry on”
The talk will cover the story of the research, development and delivery of this community heritage project called “The Ladies A, B & C” including the exploration of using sensory participation - what I call “sensing history” - as an integral part of the participatory project workshops. At the end of the talk the short film made to record the project will be screened. The talk will also expand on the projects aim to raise the profile of some of the “forgotten” women in Paisley and Renfrewshire’s Victorian/ Edwardian past and shine a light on their contribution to the shaping of our shared local heritage. In the year of the centenary of women getting the right to vote this women’s heritage project was a celebration for a group of today’s women in Paisley and Renfrewshire of Jane Arthur, Mary Barbour, Margaret Glen Coats, Elisabeth Hodge Coats and Bertha Kerr Coats…the Ladies A, B & C
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