Celebrate International Women's Day with Peaceful Women of Bradford

To be completed by: Wed 13 Feb 2019

Time: -Wed 13 Feb 2019 | Venue:

Bradford Libraries are delighted that we can offer two performances of Peaceful Women of Bradford, to celebrate International Women's Day. The performance explores local Bradford Women who campaigned for peace during WW1 and for rights following the end of the war. It is suitable for Y6, Y7 and Y8

Celebrate International Women’s Day


Peaceful Women of Bradford

Performed by local author, playwright, actor and historian Irene Lofthouse.

Developed especially for schools with Bradford Libraries.


Bradford Libraries are delighted that we can offer schools two performances celebrating the Peaceful Women of Bradford.


Following on from our workshops for schools on the Suffrage Movement and the Representation of the People’s Act 1918 as well as our four-year programme of WW1 events we are delighted to now look at exploring the world following the end of WW1 and the efforts to use peaceful methods for change.  


Peaceful Women of Bradford explores local Bradford women who either campaigned for peace during WW1 or campaigned for rights following the end of the war. These women included Fanny Muir; Esther Sandiford; Julia Varley; Margaret McMillan; Sarah Bezant and Barbara Castle - all Bradford women. Pupils will find out about the role of the Bradford Women’s Humanity League; the Women’s Peace Congress and the women’s movement through the stories of so many strong and out-spoken Bradford women.


The performance includes interaction and audience participation. It explores how the women’s campaigns of the past have influenced both local and international campaigning of today.  

The performance is delivered by Irene Lofthouse, local author; playwright; actor and historian.

There will also be an opportunity for pupils to view local archive and press materials from the Bradford Libraries Local History collection.


Our Peaceful Women of Bradford performances are at:- 

  • Keighley Library, Local Studies, North St, Keighley BD21 3SX on Wednesday 6th March 9.30am – 11am
  • City Library Local Studies, Margaret McMillan Towers (side entrance), Princes’ Way, BD1 1NN on Friday 8th March 9.30am – 11am.


Sessions are suitable for Y6, Y7, and Y8.  All sessions are free of charge. We have places for 30 children for each session from two schools. We will offer one place (15 children max) per school.


If you are interested in booking one of the events above please fill in the form attached which included the letter to schools. The deadline for applications is Wednesday 13th February. Your school will be sent a letter of confirmation via email if you have been successful in securing a place. If you require further information please contact Christinea Donnelly Development Officer for Young People christinea.donnelly@bradford.gov.uk

T: 01274 433915.


Published: 30/01/2019
Audience: Head Teachers; History Teachers KS2 & KS3; Literacy Coordinators
Contact: Christinea Donnelly

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