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Date: March 17th 2018

Venue: University of Derby, Kedleston Rd


Date: March 17th 2018

Venue: University of Derby, Kedleston Rd

A Woman's Place Grassroots Conference aims to continue  a dialogue on gender equality which transcends the present.


Why Now?

2018 marks the centenary of the first women (over 30 and meeting the property owning criteria) winning the right to vote in General Elections. Vox Feminarum: Women's Voices together with the Heritage Lottery Fund, our hosts the University of Derby and other partners examine, remember and celebrate the place of women past and present.

Conference Themes:

  • A Woman's Place in Art, Politics, Science and Religion

  • A Woman's Place in Grassroots Activism

  • The Suffrage Movement 1866 - 1928

  • The Women's Liberation Movement 1960s Onwards

  • Researching Women's Individual and Collective Histories

Confirmed Speaker List


Speakers, presenters and facilitators will include community organisers/activists academic and independent scholars.


Prof Antonia Bilfuco, University of Middlesex - Personal Histories The Impact of Past Trauma on the Present;


Vanessa Boon, International Woman's Day Derby and HERSTORY Derby;


Sarah Chubb Archives Manager Derbyshire Records Office, Matlock;

Mo Cooper, Community Historian, founding member Nottingham Women's History Group (nwhg); Board Member HLF East Midlands


Joanna Czechowska, author The Black Madonna of Derby and Sweetest Enemy;

Dr Ali Flint - Paper Trails and Lost Voices: Rediscovering women in the archives

Dr Ruth Larsen - University of Derby ‘From Herstory to the main stream? Women’s history and the public, 1973-2018 .


Suzie Litton-Wood Awakening The Goddess;

Clare Mullin  - Parliamentary Outreach and Engagement Team. 


Dr Sarah Richardson University of Warwick - The Women's Suffrage Movement;


Dr Catrin Rutland, University of Nottingham - Women in Science;

Ruchita Shaikh - Executive Director at Artcore, a visual arts charity in Derby. 


Maggie Slingsby - Women in Art;

Christina Smith, Derby Unity -  Women in Religion


Karen Whelan - Activist Disabled People Against The Cuts (DPAC) Derby and Women Against The Cuts


Prof Cecile Wright, University  of Nottingham - The Place of Women in Politics

What Will You Gain:

An insight into the lives, contributions and place of women from suffrage to the present and some of the personal and collective histories and social-political activism which underpins it all. Come Join us



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