Volunteering at The Feminist Library

Monday, April 30th, 2018

At the weekend, I headed down to The Feminist Library to meet with the Volunteer Coordinator, Angele, to discuss volunteering. I’m delighted to join their team, helping out with their exciting series of events coming up in 2018.

The Feminist Library is celebrating it’s 45th birthday this year so it’s a great time to join them. As I always arrive early to things (London travel is so unpredictable it’s always best to, right?) I got a chance to look around their collection. The library was founded in 1975, originally called the Women’s Research and Resources Centre, the Feminist Library, and has since collected an estimated 5000 books and 1,500 periodicals. Fascinatingly, the library also hold a collection of 500 poetry publications.

I’ll admit, my awareness of feminism isn’t necessarily intersectional, certainly not as intersectional as I’d like. Aside from the ‘classics’ and recent bestseller texts of Moran et al, my knowledge is limited (A-Level Sociology feels like a lifetime ago!). So, I’m looking forward to generally improving my awareness of feminist discourse.

The library is entirely volunteer run, and I will be helping coordinating and setting up different events, as well as assisting in running the administration of the events email account.

Girl Museum News

Saturday, July 22nd, 2017

I’m very excited to write that I am now the Volunteer and Instagram Manager for Girl Museum, because what do I love more than Instagram and volunteer management! After two years volunteering with Girl Museum, writing blogs and running Instagram, I’ve now been appointed the title Instagram and Volunteer Manager, which couldn’t feel more ‘me’.

I’ll be managing the recruitment and coordination of the volunteers and interns, developing the volunteer strategy, and using my volunteer management to help coordinate the ‘Junior Girls,’ and hopefully improve their experience with Girl Museum. And basically, the staff team of Katie, Sarah, Tiffany, Ashley, Hilary are complete girlbosses, so I’m honoured to join them.

Shockingly, my first blog post with Girl Museum was on the 28th of August in 2015!! I have no idea where all that time has gone. Since, I’ve written blog posts interviewing the incredible Girl Against, as well as Emily Coxhead. I’ve also reviewed the Museum of Childhood, a film review tried my hand at a think-piece, and started a series of podcast reviews called Girls In Podcasts – the first of which went live last week.

I’ve also worked on the Kindertransport exhibition, where I worked alongside Manchester Jewish Museum to research and write about the Harris House girls diary, which was an amazing experience using a primary document to assist the research of an exhibition. Girl Museum have similarly launched the 52 Objects in the History of Girlhood exhibition. Each week during 2017, they explore a historical object and its relation to girls’ history and I’ve helped by writing about three objects, the Bronze Strigil with Handle in Form of a Girl, the Silk Princess Painting, and the Lovers Cassone.

I’m really passionate about Girl Museum’s mission, giving “girls a space in which they can document, preserve, and present their history and culture, we empower girls to lead healthy, happy lives dedicated to creating a better world for all.”

Exhibition Openings, and Exciting News!

Monday, May 22nd, 2017

“Based on the ground-breaking research of Wellcome Trust Professor at Oxford Brookes University, Paul Weindling, this exhibition examines coerced experimentation in Nazi-dominated Europe. Through the portraits of victims and perpetrators, the exhibition explores the legacy of medical research under Nazism, and its impact on bioethics today.”

On what felt like the rainiest day of the year, in new (and inappropriate for the weather) shoes, I attended the exhibition opening for the Wiener Library’s newest exhibition, Science + Suffering: Victims and Perpetrators of Nazi Human Experimentation.

On the 17th of May, after attending the Museums and Heritage Show in Kensington Olympia (whole separate blog post on that coming soon) I headed over to the launch event of the exhibition. The launch begun with a chance to see the exhibition and ended with a fascinating talk by Wellcome Trust Professor at Oxford Brookes University, Paul Weindling. Paul Weindling spoke about the processes of researching for the exhibition, a discussion of what is included on display, and the typical thank you’s of all involved. The Wiener Library also has a series of events connected to the themes of the exhibition such as film screenings of Unit 731 – Did Emperor Hirohito KnowGray Matter, and Forgiving Mengele, as well as lectures from Professor A Keith Mant.

On that note, the exciting news of the title, is that I will be joining the Wiener Library! As of the start of June, I will be joining the Wiener Library as their Visitor Services and Volunteer Coordinator. The Wiener Library already has a great volunteer program, with opportunities like Blogger, Book Reviewer, Events Assistant, Social Media Assistant and Tour Guides. I’m looking forward to starting working with such a diverse team of volunteers, in a library that hosts such a great collection, opportunities, and events.

Mädchen Des Kinderstransport

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

I intern with Girl Museum as a Marketing and Development role, and over the past year, I’ve been working on this amazing Mädchen Des Kinderstransport exhibition with them. Mädchen Des Kinderstransport is an online exhbition within the online museum Girl Museum. The exhibition explores the mass movements of children, specifically female children, as refugees from the horrors of the second world war. Within the contemporary context of the refugee crisis and the Calais Jungle, the exhibition is palpably poignant. The human rights, ethics and political struggle of refugee’s appears to repeat itself over and over, and only through learning of the parallels in history, can we stop the pattern. My part of the exhibition has been working with Manchester Jewish Museum and their Facsimile of the Harris House diary, categorising the images into a spreadsheet, as well as marketing the exhibition through their Instagram feed that I run.

The exhibition has become a fascinating and poignant collection of images, written and video testimonies, contemporary comparisons, as well as moving poetry and art.

Head to http://www.girlmuseum.org/view/exhibitions/kindertransport/ to see more!

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PRINTING THE FUTURE

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

3D printing is the future, and increasingly the present. The Museum of Science and Industry have curated and displayed an exhibition highlighting the current and potential uses of this new technology, with interesting results. I’m sure to those interested in science and technology, this exhibition is a invaluable first hand view of this almost unimaginably futuristic development. Yet, I am not interested in this exhibition for its addition to science. What fascinates many in this exhibition is the social and ethical implications of the wide scale use of this technology, and MOSI has created a space to discuss this. Of course, the most pivotal debate in this discussion is the questionable ethics of printing organs. Cloning is widely agreed to be unethical, yet is printing organs the next best thing? In curating a space for this debate, as well as simply displaying this technology, the popularity of this exhibition is both understandable and inevitable.

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SOUTINE & CHAGALL

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Over the past few weeks I have been invigilating the School of Paris exhibition at the Manchester Jewish Museum. This exhibition has pieces from infamous artists such as Chagall and Soutine, with Soutine’s work La Soubrette as the highlight of the show, and image of the advertisement campaign. As a personal favourite, the work Apocalypse in Lilac was perfectly suited to the Synagogue space. The works were loaned from the Ben Uri gallery, amongst others, to display works in the north and to gain visitor opinion from the northern Jewish community.

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PEOPLES HISTORY MUSEUM EVENT

Monday, February 25th, 2013

As part of my undergraduate History course, myself and two others planned, marketed and hosted an evening public event at the Peoples History Museum, aimed at the 17-25 year old student demographic. In this, we had free drinks (necessary for students, yes?), film screenings of Manchester based film 24 Hour Party People and clips of 40’s Manchester lent from the North West Film Archive, as well as tours of the fully open museum and a vintage stall with help from Random Quirks. In using surveys during the event, we were able to quantify attendance, as well as gather opinion of this demographic of the purpose and popularity of museums. Around 40 people attended the event, which was less than liked, but can still definitely be classed as a success, as it is still 40 students that wouldn’t have necessarily visited the museum otherwise, which is represented in the feedback surveys.

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