Workshop Women’s Histories of Community Planning/Place-making in Birmingham

On Friday 29 July we are hosting an informal workshop at the Birmingham and Midland Institute to share and hear stories about how women campaigned to shape and create the places they needed in Birmingham.

Were you pushing for a more women and child-friendly city in Birmingham the1960s 70s 80s 90s 2000s? Were you campaigning for the places that women needed in the city? Are you interested in how the lessons from the past can be used today?

We hope you can join our informal and friendly workshop event to hear and share stories on how women campaigned to shape and create the places and spaces they needed in Birmingham from the 1960s to the current day. Women set up pressure groups, conducted surveys, took over buildings and allotments, used film and photography, ran playgroups and much more! Many issues that women faced still need addressing – safety, transport, safe spaces, public toilets and play spaces… we’d love you to come and help us think about how the lessons from the past can be used today.

We will meet in the Reception of Birmingham & Midland Institute at 1.30pm.

During the workshop we will have an update on the research so far, share our stories and interests in women and community planning, mark out the spaces and places together on a map, think about how the lessons from the past can inform current campaigns and what to do next to make this happen.

If you have them – please bring any photos, badges, leaflets, meeting minutes or other documents and artefacts from your own experiences of women and planning.

We have vouchers to support the attendance of any women who are on benefits or low pay.

Date and time: Fri, 29 July 2022, 13:30 – 15:00 BST

Venue: Birmingham & Midland Institute, 9 Margaret Street, Birmingham B3 3BS

Register for the workshop at EventBrite

The BMI is next to the Birmingham Museum and Art gallery which is showing the Lost Cities Found Objects: Women and the City exhibition with Heather Powell’s fascinating 1988 film about women in Birmingham campaigning for a city better suited to their needs. – as well as Cathy Wade’s modern update on this theme. So you might want to visit it before or after our event.

To find out more about the workshops or ask any questions please email Debbie –

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