Brighton Museum kick off International Women’s Day celebrations

The city’s International Women’s Day celebrations will kick off at Brighton Museum and Brighton Dome. There will be a specially curated programme of inspiring speakers, activists, innovators, workshops, arts and crafts.

Brighton Museum have a whole host of events, sure to get everyone involved. A children’s area will be run throughout the day by Early Childhood project in the Art Room for children aged 0-12. In the Museum Lab there will be a display of Wonderwomen, discovering incredible women from Brighton’s history including suffragette Minnie Turner and fossil hunter Mary Anning. The Virgin Territory workspace will run from 10 until 4. It will explore responses to highly digitized, porn infused culture and the effect on young people’s identities, personal choices and relationships. Women are invited to sing their hearts out with Aneesa Chaudry at 10.30 or listen to a talk about Feminism in Theory by Nigerian feminist Simi Dosekun at 11 in the Education Pavilion. The Seminar room will be offering complimentary therapies. Maja Jordan and her team will be providing lost cost complimentary treatments including an Indian Head Massage and Reiki. Lunch between 12 and 2pm will be with the Real Junk Food Project providing delicious and ethically sourced food.
The Dome will be holding communal quilting, radical self-portraits, cultural sharing, women’s self defence and raffle prizes.

To celebrate, a new display will be shown at the Museum called Marvellous Mary Merrifield. Mary Philadelphia Merrifield (1804–1889) was a remarkable, self-educated woman who spent most of her life in Brighton. She wrote about colour, dress history, marine algae and even Brighton’s tourist features, and was actively involved in shaping the natural history collections at Brighton Museum in the later 19th century. To mark International Women’s Day on 8 March this small display outside Museum Lab will include images, maps, letters, books and other items relating to Merrifield’s life.

It will be fun for all of the family with free admission all day on Sat 4 March between 10am and 5pm. Happy International Women’s Day!

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