Throughout March

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Event: 4, 11, 18 and 25 March THE LADYS OF ELTHAM PALACE
Time: 2 – 2.30 pm
About: Take a tour of Eltham Palace and hear about the famous women from it’s past. This tour will include information on the medieval women associated with the Royal Palace as well as an introduction to Virginia Courtauld and 1930s life.
Venue: Court Yard, Eltham, Greenwich, London – SE9 5QE. Ring 0208 294 2548 to book.  Free to EH members (non-members must pay entry to the site but the tour is included)
More info: http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/events/ladys-of-eltham-palace-mar/

Exhibition: 1 – 25 March WITCH HUNT
Venue: Vestry House Museum, Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH
About: With her broomstick, pointed hat and black cat, the witch is one of the most iconic and infamous characters from fairytale, folklore and fiction. Yet behind this image lies a true story of paranoia and persecution during the 16th and 17th centuries. In this exhibition, the focus is on the East Anglian witch-hunt of 1645-47, and it explains how and why this tragedy occured.
More info: http://www.walthamforest.gov.uk/index/leisure/museums-galleries/vestry-house/vhm-whats-on.htm

Event: MOTHER AND CHILD AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY – Mother and Child Enthroned: Picturing Childbirth, Midwifery and Early Motherhood
Time: Thurs 8 and 15 March, 3–4.30pm, £34/£26 concessions.
About: With Karly Allen (National Gallery) and Teresa Arias (Consultant Midwife at King’s College London). Renaissance paintings can offer fascinating insights into the world of motherhood. In week one of this course, Karly Allen and Teresa Arias discuss key works to give a new perspective on childbirth and midwifery. In week two, Karly Allen explores pictures from across the collection to consider how artists have responded to the experience of early motherhood. A course to mark International Women’s Day.
Venue: Sainsbury Wing Conference Room, The National Gallery.
More info: Book online at www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Exhibition: ‘IT’S A GIRL!’ ART EXHIBITION (from 9th Feb- 9th March)
Venue: Aubin Gallery, Redchurch Street, London. Nearest tube stations are Shoreditch high street or Old Street.
About: A brand new solo show by feminist artist Sarah Maple, with 100% freeeee entry!
More info: www.aubingallery.com www.sarahmaple.com

Event: PAINTING OF THE MONTH – JUDITH LEYSTER: A Boy and a Girl with a Cat and an Eel, about 1635
Time: 4pm every Sunday in March
About: A ten-minute talk on one of the few women artists represented in the National Gallery’s collection.  Judith Leyster was a Dutch painter of genre scenes, portraits and still lifes, mainly active in Haarlem and Amsterdam.
Venue: Room 24, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

Exhibition: From the 16th March: DESIGNING WOMEN: TEXTILE DESIGN IN POST WAR BRITAIN
Venue: The Fashion and Textile Museum, London
About: An exciting exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum examining innovative and modern approaches to textile design in post war Britain, featuring the work of Lucienne Day, Jacqueline Groag and Marain Mahler.
More info: Booking Line: 020 7407 8664, Email contact: info@ftmlondon.org, Website: www.ftmlondon.org

Exhibition: THE THINKING NURSE
About: A new exhibition at the Florence Nightingale Museum looks at nursing education from the early years of the Nightingale Training School in Victorian London through to the 1970s. This display explores nursing and midwifery education at both St Thomas’ Hospital and King’s College Hospital, both of which were linked to Florence Nightingale in the 1860s and were once again linked together in 1993 when the nursing schools were merged. Through rarely seen items from the archives of the Museum, King’s College London and the London Metropolitan Archives, the exhibition focuses on the experiences of learning and the lives of the students, and the international legacy of Nightingale and her nurses.
Venue: Florence Nightingale Museum, Gassiot House, 2 Lambeth Palace Road London SE1 7EW 0207 620 0374
More info: www.florence-nightingale.co.uk

Exhibition: LAILA SHAWA: THE OTHER SIDE OF PARADISE
Venue: October Gallery, 24 Old Gloucester Street, London WC1N 3AL
About: October Gallery is proud to present the most recent canvases and sculptures created by Laila Shawa, an artist known for her uncompromising documentation of events in today’s Middle East. Laila Shawa was just eight years-old when, on May 14th, 1948, the State of Israel was declared to exist in her homeland of Palestine. Since then, her artistic career has developed in lock-step with the major episodes of modern Palestinian history, chronicling the trials and tragedies that are routinely obscured by the media, and lending a plangent voice to the silenced majority of Palestinians unable to speak out for themselves.
More info: http://www.octobergallery.co.uk/homepage.shtml

Exhibition: ALL WORK AND LOW PAY
Venue: The Women’s Library, London Metroploitan University
About: The exhibition highlights campaigns for equal pay and fair working conditions led by pioneering activists and supported by trade unions. It features tales of women who strived to make working lives fairer and more pleasant for themselves, their colleagues and those who followed in their wake; including the 1968 Ford strike which inspired the 2010 film ‘Made in Dagenham’.
More info: http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/thewomenslibrary/whats-on/exhibitions/all-work-and-low-pay-the-story-of-women-and-work.cfm

Exhibition: SANDRA LOUSADA: WORK AND PERFORMANCE
About: This display celebrates Sandra Lousada’s fifty-year career as a photographer
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, London
More info: http://www.npg.org.uk/whatson/display/2011/sandra-lousada-work-and-performance.php

Exhibition:  YAYOI KUSAMA
About: This is a varied, spectacular exhibition of a truly unique artist. There has never been an exhibition of this size of her work in the UK and this is an unmissable opportunity for both Kusama fans and those new to her work.
Venue: Tate Modern, London
More info: http://www.tate.org.uk/modern/exhibitions/yayoikusama/visitinginfo.shtm

Exhibition: VICTORIA REVEALED
About: From the 26th March, Victoria Revealed, a new permanent exhibition, will explore the life and reign of one of the palace’s most famous residents – Queen Victoria – in her own words.
Venue: Kensington Palace, London
More info: http://www.hrp.org.uk/KensingtonPalace/WhatsOn/VictoriaRevealed

Event: WOMEN OF WESTMINSTER
About: The education centre at Westminster Abbey is putting on a special guided tour of Westminster Abbey called ‘Women at Westminster’. Westminster Abbey is the resting place of some of the most significant women in the history of the nation. Students will learn about the lives of medieval queens, and how they had far more power and influence than people assume. They will visit some of the Abbey’s key sites to see how the tombs reflect their position and consider the role of women in Westminster today.  At time of writing, the only remaining sessions are Thursday 15th March and Friday 16th March.
Venue: Westminster Abbey Education 1 Dean’s Yard, London
More info: www.westminster-abbey.org/education/uk-schools. To book, teachers should contact educationuk@westminsterabbey.org

Event: BEHIND THE SCENES TOURS OF THE ARCHIVES
About: Enjoy an exclusive preview of the digitised writings of Constance Maynard, Mistress of Westfield College and pioneer in higher education for women. Tours are being held at various times and dates in March.
Venue: Queen Mary, University of London
More info: http://www.historyworkshop.org.uk/womens-history-month-in-the-archives-at-queen-mary-university-of-london Email archives@qmul.ac.uk or call 020 7882 3873 to book a place on a tour.

Event: CARE INTERNATIONAL’S ‘WALK IN HER SHOES’
About: Challenging women in the UK to pick any week in March and walk 10, 000 steps every day. That’s approximately five miles each day in solidarity with women who have to walk long distances every day just to survive. It’s a great way to get fit and to support CARE’s work to make life better for women and girls.
More info: To sign up and get everything you need, including a pedometer to track your steps go to http://www.careinternational.org.uk/walkinhershoes/