From suffragettes to social media activists, the past 150 years have witnessed East London women from all walks of life campaign to make the world a better place. Since 2015 Esther Freeman from Share UK has been working alongside a team of local volunteers to uncover the stories of some of these women through the Heritage Lottery funded project, ‘Women Activists of East London’. Many of the women they discovered took huge risks, or endured great hardship for their cause; all of them have dedicated their heart and soul, quite often juggling child care, careers and other responsibilities at the same time. Yet their lives are often overlooked, eclipsed by their male counter parts. In many cases they are missing from the history books completely. This talk celebrates these unsung heroes, giving them their proper place in both our local and national heritage. And as part of the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Gay Liberation Front, there will also be an exploration of the lives of queer women activists in Waltham Forest and beyond.
2.30 pm Sunday 7th June in the Garden Room of Vestry House Museum, arranged by The Waltham Forest History and Heritage Network. All welcome (up to the room’s capacity), no charge.