Women's History Month 2021 Events

An exciting programme of online events and activities designed to celebrate Haringey’s women, past and present, took place throughout March 2021.

Participants could enjoy discussions, outdoor exhibitions, craft, performances and activity days - all celebrating a whole host of women who have made their mark on the borough and beyond.

There was a chance to:

  • visit an outdoor exhibition celebrating the work of local textile artist Althea McNish
  • join Stella Dadzie, an educationalist, writer and historian from Haringey on a panel discussion (online) with other United Black Women's Action Group (UBWAG) members
  • try out an all-girl boxing class
  • join local young people as they discussed the state of contemporary stage with an all female panel of pioneering contemporary theatre makers
  • take part in an online Activity Day where you could try out taster sports and craft sessions delivered by women in Haringey
  • or watch as Jacksons Lane delved into their archive to bring you free, pre-recorded performances from female artists, throughout March.

There were a lot of opportunities to take part in and find out about women from Haringey, past and present - and to be inspired!

More Haringey Women's History to Explore

There is more information to explore about women's history in Haringey by looking around our Women's History Month webpages - you can find ideas for crafts and quizzes as well as resources for uncovering around 250 stories and histories about Haringey women, all recorded on our beautifully illustrated maps.

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Previous Events and Highlights from the 2021 WHM in Haringey Programme

There was an exciting range of activities and events on offer in Haringey during WHM in March 2021:

Open Out Gallery and Little Open Out Gallery: Celebrating Althea McNish

Painting of trees - artwork

  • Throughout March 2021

Bruce Castle Museum's OPEN OUT GALLERY is an art project where you can enjoy works by local artists, outside! 

Throughout March we celebrated local textile designer Althea McNish with a display of her fabrics in the windows of Bruce Castle Museum.

The LITTLE OPEN OUT GALLERY is an art project where you can enjoy works created by local school children in the windows of Bruce Castle Museum.

During March 2021 you could see a display of works created by children from Tiverton Primary School, inspired by Althea's fabrics - all in the ground floor windows of Bruce Castle. This exhibition complemented the display of Althea's fabrics in the larger windows of Bruce Castle's East Wing.


Online Event - Talking Textiles: Celebrating the Crafting Genius of Althea McNish

Althea McNish print

  • Held on Thursday 25 March 2021

Althea McNish is a cultural icon in the world of textiles. For this special online talk, we joined Rose Sinclair of Goldsmiths College for Women's History Month to celebrate the life and work of Althea McNish (1924-2020) of Trinidad and Tottenham. We looked at the textiles by Althea in the collections of Bruce Castle Museum and elsewhere, as well as the impact and outstanding contribution of the vast range of her work in the world of design from the 1950s onwards.


Online Talk - Munch and Listen: She who Dared... Women of Haringey

  • Held on Monday 29 March 2021

Women's History Month 2021 saw a new web resource launched - The Haringey Women's History Map, highlighting the fascinating lives and accomplishments of many women who have contributed, influenced and helped shape the area we know today. 

For this online talk we joined Kristen Forrest of Alexandra Palace and Deborah Hedgecock of Bruce Castle Museum as they shared some of the stories - some known, others overlooked or forgotten and those that need to be told. 


Online Talk: Haringey Women's History Walk

Avril Nanton

  • Held on Tuesday 30 March 2021

We heard more from this online women's history (virtual) walk which looked at the history of some of the women of Haringey, in particular the black women who lived, worked or visited the borough.

Avril Nanton is a fully qualified tour guide who regularly does walks and tours around Haringey, looking at black life. In this virtual tour, she looked at some of the women who have contributed to the area, heard their fascinating stories, including those of many other African Caribbean women of Tottenham. 


Online Event: Lockdown Lunch: Women's History Month and Me

On Thursday 4 March 2021 people came together to explore creativity, live performance and community. In this WHM special, the theme was 'Women's History Month and Me', and guests were invited to create poems, songs, stories, art etc, around the theme to share at the event. 

The event was open to all ages, but aimed at those aged 55+.


Online Panel Discussion: United Black Women's Action Group (UBWAG)

On Monday 8 March 2021 (International Women's Day), members of the former United Black Women's Action Group (UBWAG), including civil rights campaigner and community activist, Baroness Martha Osamor, Monica White, former UBWAG member, and Stella Dadzie, author, education activist and historian, gathered for a panel discussion on the early origins of the group and it's impact in the community. 

UBWAG was active in Haringey in the late 70s and early 80s and forms part of the rich tapestry of women's history in the borough. The discussion was chaired by Cllr Hearn, Haringey Council's Lead Member for Equalities. 


Online Interactive Information Session: Become a VAWG Community Champion or Safe Space in Haringey

Violence against women and girls logo

An interactive information session was held on Tuesday 9 March 2021 to find out more about the coordinated Community Response to end Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and to teach how you can make a difference in your community by becoming a VAWG Community Champion or Safe Space in Haringey. 

Find out more about VAWG and their work in Haringey.


Online Event Culture Bubble: The Contemporary Stage (Women's History Month Edition)

On Wednesday 10 March an all-female panel of pioneering contemporary theatre makers met to discuss the state of The Contemporary Stage. Each speaker is breaking new ground in the fields of verbatim theatre, community theatre, under representation on the stage and carbon neutral productions. 

The panel included: Helen Monks, Abigail Sewell, Beth Sitex and Hetty Hodgson

This event was for young people aged 16-24 who wish to embark on a creative career and was programmed by Alexandra Palace's Young Creative Industries Network. 

Photograph credit: Joe Twigg.


Online Workshop: Women with a Voice

In this online workshop held on Saturday 13 March, The Storytelling Lab celebrated Women's History Month through storytelling.

Our stories are powerful so it is wise to pay attention to which ones we are telling. When we own our stories, we claim our power. The workshop explored the importance of storytelling as stories help us connect and learn how much we have in common.

This event was hosted by Lady Esi and was open to all.


Online WHM Activity Day: Care to Challenge

On Sunday 21 March events were held throughout the day as part of an online Women's History Month Activity Day, Care to Challenge.

The event gave people the opportunity to try out some inspiring taster sessions organised by women in Haringey including; boxing sessions, healthy eating talks, poetry classes, dance sessions and much more!

Watch this video for a taster of the sessions that were on offer throughout the day:

Note for iPhone users and Youtube. There is a known bug with iOS and Youtube, Two buttons are read before the player but provide no functionality. We advise that you skip these to access the content.


Online Talk: History of Women's Football with the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation

On Sunday 21 March the Tottenham Hotspur Foundation delivered an online talk where you could discover how significant Haringey was for international women's football in the 19th century. 


Events Brochure 

Here are all the events that were on offer during Women's History Month 2021. You can download the full listings below. 

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19 April 2021

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