Finding and Writing Women’s Stories in Coventry Archives
Saturday, 12th March 2022
11am – 2:30pm (incl. lunch)
Venue: Coventry Archives, Coventry History Centre Jordan Well Coventry CV1 5QP
Interested in women’s history in Coventry and your place in it? Which stories are preserved and what is missing?
In this hands-on workshop we invite women to contribute to the history of Coventry for the generations to come. Explore creative writing to respond to the stories we find in the Archives and think about what you might want to leave as your own record.
Join writer and academic Ruth Livesey and Archive Manager Victoria Northridge in exploring how the history of women in Coventry is represented in the Archives, from the earliest of times, to the Victorian age, and the great redevelopment of Coventry in the 1950s and 60s.
Our workshop is inspired by local female artists who break the mould, from writer George Eliot (Mary Anne Evans), whose novel Middlemarch is a fictional version of women’s lives in nineteenth-century Coventry, and composer Delia Derbyshire, the electronic music pioneer, best known for the theme tune to Dr Who.
Lunch is provided. Booking is required.
Image credit: The National Archives (Advert for a clothing sale at Snelgrove and Allen, which lists the types of clothes on sale, 1901)