From Page to Screen: making and remembering women’s history

The Women’s Library

Friday 26thOctober, 1-6pm

Organised in support of The Women’s Library Campaign, this half-day event celebrates women’s history by exploring how it is made and remembered. Coinciding with The Women’s Library exhibition ‘The long march to equality – treasures of The Women’s Library’, this event asks how aspects of women’s history and ‘the women’s movement’ have been represented and mediated at different moments in time across TWL, historical biographies and popular television drama.


Following an overview of TWL collections, their latest exhibition (Dianne Shepherd, TWL Librarian) and an update of their campaign (Beth Mercer, Head of TWL) June Purvis (Professor of Women’s and Gender History) explores the biographies of Emmeline Pankhurst, while Helen Wheatley (Associate Professor of Film and Television Studies) and Vicky Ball (Lecturer in Film, Media and Cultural Studies) explore the way in which dramas such as Upstairs Downstairs and Shoulder to Shoulder also engage with histories of women and the women’s movement. All three speakers engage with aspects of women’s history associated with the first wave of feminism and how these are mediated and represented in the context of the second wave and beyond. Each account draws attention to which aspects of women’s history are made and remembered and from whose perspective such histories are told.

This event has been organised by the Women’s Film and Television History Network and MeCCSA Women’s Media Studies Network and has received additional sponsorship from the Centre for Research in Media and Cultural Studies, University of Sunderland.

The event is free to attend but places must be booked in advance via The Women’s Library. To book a place and download a programme for the event please go to

For any other information regarding the event please contact Vicky Ball (


Best wishes


Dr. Vicky Ball
Lecturer in Film, Media & Cultural Studies
Programme Leader MAs Film, Media and Cultural Studies
0191 5152100

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