International Women's Day

Events taking place at National Museums Liverpool venues

International Women’s Day is marked annually across the world on 8 March, to inspire women and celebrate their achievements.

National Museums Liverpool’s venues have a series of free events taking place on 8 March and throughout the rest of the month in conjunction with International Women’s Day.

International Women’s Day – Thursday 8 March


Talk: Harriet Hosmer: Trailblazing Female Sculptor

8 March   1pm

American artist Harriet Hosmer broke through the gender barrier to become one of the leading neoclassical sculptors in 19th century Rome and set up a sisterhood of fellow female sculptors in Rome. (Suitable for adults)

No need to book in advance.


Women and African textiles 

8 March    12pm

Anthony Walker Education Centre

Learn about the history and meaning behind African textile design and how the meaning and use of these designs were central to the role of African women. (Suitable for all)


Talk: Women and Resistance

8 March   5:30pm

Anthony Walker Education Centre

Dr Alex Robinson talks about women’s experiences during Transatlantic slavery and their central role in resistance to enslavement. (Suitable for adults)

Places are limited. Booking essential. Ring 0151 478 4456 to reserve a place.


- All talks and performances are Museum of Liverpool 'prams and pushchairs' talks and will include activities for babies and toddlers in the same room.

Talk: Janet Dugdale, Director of Museum of Liverpool 

8 March   1pm

Education Area 2

The Museum of Liverpool’s own Director, Janet Dugdale speaks about campaigning for equality: Liverpool and women’s right to vote.

Performance: Emma Walmsley Deeds not words

8 March   2pm

People’s Republic gallery

On 6 February 1918, the right to vote was finally granted to women in Britain. Hear the fascinating story of the suffragettes’ struggle and discover more about their activities in Liverpool.

Talk: Carrie Reichardt

8 March   3pm 

Education Area 2 

Artist Carrie Reichardt talks about the fascinating discoveries she made in her research into Mary Bamber for the statue she created, which is now in The People’s Republic gallery.

Evening event: the radical history of Liverpool women workers in conjunction with Thompsons Solicitors

8 March   Arrival from 5:30pm, starts 6pm – 8pm.

Including a showing of Radical Women, Radical City, a short film by Karen Ross and Hayley Trowbridge from the University of Liverpool, a talk by Mary Davis about Class and Gender in British Labour History and Museum of Liverpool staff will share ideas on building a collection celebrating women in the city and future events. (Suitable for adults)

Places are limited, and booking is essential. Contact 0151 478 4543 to book.


Talk: Emma Holt

8 March    11am

Learn about her role in the development of the University of Liverpool Halls of Residence and her work in social justice. (Suitable for adults)

Talk: French Painter Rosa Bonheur

8 March    11:30am

Hear about this intriguing French artist, who happened to be one of the most celebrated animal painters of the 19th century. (Suitable for adults)

Further International Women’s Day events throughout March


Performance: Never at Sea – A Wren’s Story

Sunday 18 March  1:30, 2:30, 3:30pm

Based around Liverpool and the Battle of the Atlantic in WWII and the vital role played by women protecting the convoys crossing the ocean. (all)



ISM Film Club: Super Women on screen

Wednesday 21 March times tbc. Check website.

Talk by Chase Johnston-Lynch and screening of Claudine, starring Diahann Carol & James Earl Jones. (Suitable for adults 16 plus)

Places are limited. Booking essential. Contact


Women’s Therapies Day

Friday 30 March  10am – 4pm

Education Area 3

Experience traditional Chinese Medicine - ear acupuncture, reflexology, Indian head massage and more, including arts and craft sessions and animation and comic making so you can bring along the children. (Women, and children welcome)

Places are limited. First come first served.

Talk: Women Healers of the World

Friday 30 March  4:30 – 6:30pm

Education Area 3

Join Esther Stanford-Xosei and Carol Darby-Darton to discuss how women can heal themselves, each other and the planet. Drinks and snacks available. (Suitable for adults, 16 plus)

Places are limited. Booking essential. Contact 0151 478 4534 to book.

International Women’s Day for Children and Families

Saturday 31 March  10am – 4:30pm

Education Area 3

Celebrate International Women’s Day with your little ones. Includes face painting, badge making Little Liverpool visits, animation and comic making, arts and crafts. (Children and families)

Drop-in any time.

Notes for editors

About National Museums Liverpool

National Museums Liverpool comprises eight venues. Our collections are among the most important and varied in Europe and contain everything from Impressionist paintings and rare beetles to a lifejacket from the Titanic.

We attract more than 3 million visitors every year. Our venues are World Museum, the Walker Art Gallery, Merseyside Maritime Museum, International Slavery Museum, UK Border Agency National Museum, Sudley House and the Lady Lever Art Gallery. 

In July 2011, our eighth venue, the Museum of Liverpool, opened at the city's Pier Head, part of the city's World Heritage Site. The museum tells the definitive story of Liverpool and its people and contains more than 6,000 items. 

Please contact: Lucy Cattell in the press office for more information on this release.