Upcoming temporary closures at The Portico Library
*who just happen to be women!
All are welcome to join for this History of Art series with Sara Riccardi. Tickets £13 per 2hr session.
The Portico Library and Gallery will be closed to the general public from 2:00pm on 19 September as a private educational event is taking place.
The Reading Room is still open for members, readers and researchers.
In her excellent new novel, Wendy Louise Bardsley takes the reader on a journey from Yorkshire to London, Wales, and Paris, as she explores the remarkable life of Mary Wollstonecroft. As a young woman, Mary copes with a bullying father, a subjugated mother, sees young friends die in childbirth and from tuberculosis. And whilst her elder brother Ned follows an unfettered path to a career as a lawyer, Mary is deprived of a formal education. All of these experiences combine to shape Mary’s ideals for the improvement of the lot of women, a subject she pursues passionately throughout her adult life.
Bryony Dixon has researched and written on many aspects of early and silent film, and co-directs the annual British Silent Film Festival, as well as programming for a variety of film festivals and events worldwide. Now the BFI’s silent film curator, Bryony oversees its archive of suffragette films, and will discuss how the battle for women’s suffrage in the early years of the 20th century was captured – and carried out – on film.
This double bill explores the work of psychotherapy practitioner Molly Harrower, who pioneered the use of inkblot tests in Gestalt psychology. There will be readings from Molly’s autobiography, and you can print your own inkblot and learn what an inkblot test looks like.
RECLAIM was set up in Moss Side in 2007, to identify and support young leaders from an intensely pressurised community. It continues its work to help young working class people to develop their skills and potential, and to build their pathway to make the world a better place for all. In this informal event some of RECLAIM’s proud and passionate young working class feminists will talk about their journey into social action.
IC Change is a volunteer-led campaign that helped change the law on violence against women. The IC Change campaign called on the UK Government to ratify the Istanbul Convention (IC) which sets minimum standards for governments to meet when tackling violence against women, including taking necessary steps to prevent violence, protect women and prosecute perpetrators. They celebrated victory in December 2016 when 135 MPs voted in favour of ratification (although two voted against). We’ll hear from IC Change leaders and get an update on where the campaign is now.