As many of you know, I’m a big enthusiast for women’s history and at this time of year I would normally be leading groups on heritage walks for both Glasgow Women’s Library and Maryhill Halls. At GWL we’ve been trying to think of ways to take the walks online, and this week I led our first ever Twitter “walk”! Even if you’re not on Twitter, you can follow it by clicking on the tweet below.

We’re also inviting everyone to look out for representations of women in their own areas all over the world. Can you think of any statues, buildings, plaques, murals, paintings, graffiti, or street names in your area? My fellow guide, Joy Charnley, has written a blog post with some ideas which you can access from the first tweet below.

If you’re on Twitter and / or Instagram, post your findings and tag them with @womenslibrary and #WomenMakeHistory. I’ll be adding contributions to my Twitter feed daily, or as often as I can think of something – it could be as prosaic as a gatepost, as you can see in the second tweet above. It would be great if some of you could join me!

67 thoughts on “#WomenMakeHistory

  1. Jessica (Diverting Journeys) June 17, 2020 / 15:27

    I think your Twitter tour was a great idea, and I enjoyed looking through it! I know a lot more about women’s history in my local area now after researching it for my talk back in March (seems a lifetime away now), but I’m struggling to think of place names off the top of my head that actually commemorate women. There’s meant to be a memorial to the women who took part in a washerwomen’s strike, but I could never actually find out where it was. I’m going to do more research and get back to you on Twitter or Insta if I find anything!


  2. Dr Sock June 13, 2020 / 23:43

    Anabel, what a great way to adapt to the current situation and still lead a women’s history walk. I have been sticking close to home lately, but when I do any more travelling around Vancouver Island, I am going to make a point of looking for public art and other indicators of women’s contributions in our area.



  3. BeckyB June 13, 2020 / 10:21

    what a brilliant idea . . we’re exploring how we might do virtual walks for September. So far live streaming and Twitter have come up for ours too. Really hope it takes off for you


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter June 13, 2020 / 10:46

      Thanks! We have more twitter walks in preparation and a couple of other volunteers are doing video trailers for some of the walks. I also went to an online walk by another group – it was live, in that the guides were speaking to you in real-time via Zoom, while sharing images and short animations from their screens. It was their first attempt too, and had a few ragged edges while they got to grips with the technology, but it was very good. Not sure about live streaming on an actual walk – certainly on ours there would be a lot of boring stuff in between stops. I prefer the “here’s one I prepared earlier” approach.

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      • BeckyB June 13, 2020 / 10:49

        How fabulous so impressed with what you are doing. Just hoping we can get all of ours off the ground in time for September – lots of ideas out there but little in the box yet!


      • BeckyB June 13, 2020 / 10:49

        PS and yes I was wondering that too on the live streaming, will keep you posted as to whether or not it happens!


          • BeckyB June 13, 2020 / 10:52

            Very time consuming . . . it is a couple of the lecturers who are pondering it at the moment. Suspect in the the end they will do what you are doing.


            • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter June 13, 2020 / 10:56

              Even the Twitter walk wasn’t live. We took the photos and I composed the text at home. Squeezing something meaningful into 240 characters needs a surprising amount of thought. Also, the same problems about gaps while you are walking would apply. I hate following threads when you never know when the next bit is going to pop up!


  4. Liesbet @ Roaming About June 13, 2020 / 01:32

    Looks like you’re going global, Anabel! 🙂 So great you managed to do a tour (or more) virtually on Twitter. Seems like a success as well.


  5. Lynne Rickards June 12, 2020 / 09:43

    I saw a link to your GWL tweet on the BBC News website! Hope it will bring you tons more traffic and some new followers…


    • Anabel @ The Glasgow Gallivanter June 12, 2020 / 10:08

      Brilliant, thanks Lynne! A couple of other people saw it too but I haven’t been able to find it myself, nor could the first person who told me find it again. It must have been one of those blink and you miss it things where it scrolls on to something else really quickly. The Twitter tour was certainly very popular.


  6. Janis @ RetirementallyChallenged.com June 12, 2020 / 00:33

    What a great idea! I’m not on Twitter, but I do have an Instagram account. I don’t get out and about much lately, but I’ll keep this in mind when I do.


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