Out Gallivanting

Out Gallivanting – Rise Up, Quines! preliminary event, 10 November

In order to raise awareness of the Rise Up, Quines! Festival in Aberdeen, which started on Monday 12 November, a small flash mob event was planned for Saturday 10 November at the Bon Accord Centre. I volunteered thinking that I would just have to stand around in costume and perhaps do a little cheering.  Originally …

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Out Gallivanting – Unveiling of busts of Mary Slessor and Maggie Keswick Jencks

In April 2017 I  attended the announcement of the winners of the public poll to include a woman in the Wallace Tower Hall of Heroes.  As only four votes separated the two top nominations, it was decided to include both. On 24th October I went down to Edinburgh to see the busts unveiled at the …

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Out Gallivanting: The Ladies A, B & C by Lil Brookes, 22 November

On Thursday night (22 November) I went along to the Paisley Philosophical Institution monthly meeting to hear Lil Brookes talk about ‘The Ladies A, B & C’ a project and film that she worked on with women in the Disability Resource Centre in Paisley. https://twitter.com/gatekeeper_art/status/1066348967364108289 Lil is a social historian and artist who runs her …

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Out Gallivanting: Nora Griffith plaque unveiling, 8 November

On Thursday, 8 November I attended the unveiling of a plaque to Egyptologist Nora Griffith (1870-1937). Aberdeen Women’s Alliance have been working towards increasing the number of plaques to women in Aberdeen. This is the fourth successful application, with more in the pipeline. The University of Aberdeen Library are currently hosting an exhibition on Ta -Kheru, …

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Out Gallivanting: ‘Women, War and the West End’ exhibition launch, 2 November

On Friday 2 November I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the exhibition ‘Women, War and the West End‘ at Hillhead Library. (as you all know already I’m not the best photographer!! This project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, aims to ‘engage, explore, learn and understand the roles in which women were …

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Out Gallivanting: Women’s Memorials Health Walk, 14 June 2018

As part of the Golden Games programme to encourage exercise by the over 65s, Sport Aberdeen organised a Memorials to Women Walk on 14 June.  The route was planned by walk leader Fiona Rennie.  I was asked to join to the walk to talk about the memorials, which all feature on our project Mapping Memorials …

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Out Gallivanting – Conversation Café and Civic Reception

Aberdeen Women’s Alliance held their third Women’s History Conversation Café on Saturday 3rd March in the Town House restaurant.  The topic was the suffragette campaign as described in the Watt archive (the correspondence of suffragette Caroline Phillips). I was one of the table hosts. There were seven tables, each with a table host and five …

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Out Gallivanting – Launch of ‘Our Red Aunt’ Exhibition by Fiona Jack at GWL

Yesterday was a good day for women in Scotland with the passing of the Domestic Abuse Bill in the Scottish Parliament. Congratulations to Scottish Women’s Aid, all of the Women’s Aid’s throughout Scotland and everyone who has worked so hard to make this happen. What better way to celebrate than with a trip to Glasgow …

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Out Gallivanting – ‘Scottish Suffragettes’ talk by Prof Sarah Pedersen at Inverurie Library, 29 Jan 2018.

Having failed to get tickets to Sarah Pedersen’s talk on the suffragettes in Aberdeen’s Central Library and then failed to get tickets for the “repeated by popular demand” talk last year, I was delighted to finally hear  her talk in Inverurie Library tonight.  Like all her talks so far, this one was fully booked well …

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