Women's History Month: Symposium

Women's History Month: Symposium
From 7 March 2024 at 6:30 PM
To 7 March 2024 at 8:30 PM
Cost Free or £5 or £10 suggested donations

Celebrate Women’s History Month with a special evening of enlightening talks shining a light on some of the City’s most interesting women, and the impact they had on the lives of Birmingham's children.


Dr Sian Roberts, historian and lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham presents Bertha Bracey.

In September 2023 Birmingham Civic Society unveiled a blue plaque in honour of Bertha Bracey on the site of her former home in Bournville. Born in 1893 Bracey became a Quaker in 1911 and spent the rest of her life engaging in humanitarian aid including, perhaps most notably, her instrumental role in persuading the British government to accept the 10,000 refugee children of the Kindertransport in 1938. This talk will discuss Bracey's life and work with a particular focus on her efforts to support refugees in the 1930s and 1940s.

Irene de Boo, former Birmingham history curator at BMAG and head of collections at the Black Country Living Museum presents Louisa Ryland.

Louisa Anne Ryland (1814 - 1889) was a major philanthropist and benefactor to the city of Birmingham. She gave millions to the city and donated the land for Cannon Hill Park and Small Heath Park. However, she is not well known. This talk will look at her life, her wealth and her many gifts to Birmingham.

Liz Palmer, former Senior archives assistant at the Library of Birmingham and current genealogist, presents extracts from Born in Birmingham presents Born in Birmingham: Maternity, Midwives and Infant Welfare 1914-1924. 

This talk will highlight some of the findings of the project which relate to Bournville and Stirchley including details of the Stirchley & Cotteridge School for Mothers, the Housewifery School at Thorn Road, Bournville and some of the Cadbury involvement with Infant Welfare Centres, birth control and the Children's Hospital.

The symposium will take place in Bournville Quaker Meeting House

65 Linden Rd, Birmingham B30 1JT 


Booking is essential and whilst the event is free, we ask for a small donation which will go to Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, a charity that supports women and children affected by domestic violence and abuse.

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Please donate to Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid here

Please note, there is no parking available at Bournville Quaker Meeting House. Street parking will be available on the following roads: Sycamore, Maple, Linden, Woodbrooke, Acacia, Willow. 

There will not be refreshments at the event. You are welcome to bring a hot drink and snack.