We’re thrilled by the wonderful response to our call out to participate in the community workshops for Creating a Digital Women’s Archive, hosted at Archives+, Manchester Central Library. Women and men representing various organisations, archives and heritage spaces, and independent artists, offered a range of inspiring ideas in response to 5 key questions: 1.) What are the opportunities for digital to add value to archives and heritage? 2.) How could you, or your organisation, use or contribute to the Archive for women’s heritage, culture, campaigns and activism? 3.) Your interests – key themes/words 4.) Do you have a BIG idea for the Archive? 5.) What can be specifically Feminist about the Archive?

The R&D research group will meet at MadLab for a final full-day “hack” on 17 November, bringing together the ideas of the group and feedback and responses from the community workshops. Here we will map out the key functions the Archive towards developing a design, and draft a plan for sustainability and next steps. #FeministArchiving #Cyberfeminism #wmnhistories #livingheritage

Feminism and Museums: Call for Papers

We invite international submissions for our forthcoming book, Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change, which we’ll be publishing next year (2017) and which will be edited by Dr Jenna Ashton (Manchester Metropolitan University/ Digital Women’s Archive North). You can download the full Call for Papers here. The closing date for proposals is MONDAY 21 NOVEMBER 2016.

Feminism and Museums: Intervention, Disruption and Change will bring together case studies and analyses of recent feminist actions, interventions and disruptions which aim to directly impact and influence collecting, interpretation and engagement activities in museums, galleries and heritage organisations. The aims of the publication are:

  1. To encourage and facilitate feminist practice by sharing examples of success and positive experience in the museum and heritage sector.  
  2. To evaluate the impact and results of feminist practices and actions in the museum and heritage sector.

We welcome international proposals for both (longer) chapters and (briefer) case studies from museum, gallery and heritage professionals, academics and researchers. Proposals from those with practical experience of assessing and evaluating outcomes in this field are particularly welcome, as are contributions which present the practical experience of innovative programmes, or the results of the impact of new initiatives. 

Aspects of interest include – but are not limited to – innovations and successes in any of the following areas:

  1. Curatorial and collecting decisions and initiatives
  2. Positive innovations in the fields of management, marketing, interpretation, exhibitions, digital, outreach and other key aspects of museum and heritage work.
  3. Successful changes to institutional structures, policies or practices
  4. The discovery and presentation of hidden herstories
  5. Positive engagement with voluntary or activist women’s organisations
  6. The impact of organisations founded or managed on a feminist ethos
  7. Artist interventions

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please submit a proposal and a short biography (in Microsoft Word format). Proposals should be 300-500 words in length and biographies 100-200 words.

You can propose to submit either a chapter or a case study. Chapters will be 4000-6000 words in length. Case studies will be 1000-2000 words. The inclusion of images is encouraged. Please prepare your proposal with these parameters in mind. The work should not have been published elsewhere and all contributions must be submitted in English – translation services will not be provided.

The deadline for proposals is Monday 21 November 2016. Please email your proposal to both the editor: and the publishers: Any queries in advance of submission should be sent to the editor.

Feminism and Museums will be published by MuseumsEtc in print and digital editions in 2017.

Creating a Digital Women’s Archive


Creation of the Digital Women’s Archive is in full swing! Supported by Arts Council England and the Ida Carroll Trust, we have brought together an exciting group of approx. 20 researchers made up of artists, curators, archivists, archives and digital technologists all exploring new models and approaches for the creative digital curation of women’s archives, collections and digital spaces. MadLab is our arts-technology partner on the project. This is the first stage of building the Archive.

Now we need YOU to collaborate in this research process!

Come and listen to what we’ve been up to and share **your** thoughts on how you, or your organisation, could use or contribute to the Archive for women’s heritage, culture, campaigns and activism.

Workshops will take place on three separate dates, each with a slightly different audience focus – so please select the most appropriate for you:

3 Nov 1-3.30pm: women artists

4 Nov 1-3.30pm: women’s services & voluntary sector

7 Nov 10-12.30pm: heritage & community archives


#CyberFeminism #FeministArchiving


Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

It starts …


Mon 5 Sept is DWAN’s first team meeting with artists for planning our Hack the Archive events in collaboration with MadLab, digital creatives, artists, curators and women’s community groups. Watch this space for more updates coming soon, and opportunities to participate and contribute to the project.

Generously supported by Arts Council England and the Ida Carroll Trust.

Listen Again …

….. to founding Director Dr Jenna Ashton on North Manchester FM106.6, discussing projects around women’s social isolation, health, food, and the very popular (and ongoing!) #HairStories project:

Also listen to Ruqia Allan from North Manchester Black Health Forum, discussing their collaboration with us and with Ms. Sheila Fidler (Human Communication & Deafness, University of Manchester):


DWAN on North Manchester FM 106.6

Listen out for Creative Director Dr Jenna Ashton on radio show Sanguine with Reina Yaidoo, North Manchester FM 106.6 – Tues 9 August, 4pm. Talking about recent projects in communities (particularly with North Manchester Black Health Forum), and the ongoing development of the Digital Women’s Archive! Ruqia Allana from NMBHF also giving her perspective on our social isolation project. Tune in!

Event: Dentistry Responding in Domestic Violence and Abuse

We’ll be showcasing DWAN’s residency with The School of Dentistry, University of Manchester at this event – plus contributing to discussions to feed into future research and teaching:

When: Wednesday, 27 July 2016 from 12:15 to 16:00 
Where: The University of Manchester – G107 Alan Turing Building Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9PL


“Do you support victims and survivors of domestic violence and abuse? Are you a local charity? School Administrator? Refugee agency? Service provider? BME support group? Healthcare professional? Or a member of the public with an interest in or experience of domestic violence and abuse?

Would you like an opportunity to shape future research on how healthcare professionals can be more supportive to adult patients presenting with injuries from domestic violence and abuse?

Join us at a free Public Engagement event hosted by:  Professor Paul Coulthard, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head of School of Dentistry, University of Manchester.

Lunch is provided from 12:15pm.