Inside Glasgow Women’s Library with Dr Adele Patrick 

Dr Adele Patrick takes us on a moving journey through some of the unique and surprising treasures within Glasgow Women’s Library.

The Glasgow Women’s Library is home to extensive and rich collections celebrating and exemplifying women’s lives, achievements, and contributions in Scotland and beyond.

Join our online short film premiere giving you an exclusive tour with Dr Adele Patrick through this extraordinary archive, featuring some of its unique items – from badges and model buildings to photographs from drag king workshops.

Sitting down with the RSE Head of Communications, Iagan MacNeil, Adele shares the library’s inspiring history and speaks about the constellation of communities, local and international, that have formed around the library, contributed to its successes, and been impacted by its work.  

International Women’s Day is every day for Adele and the Glasgow Women’s Library. Spend the evening of Wednesday 8 March watching this live screening, listening to Adele’s unique perspective – we will look back together, take stock, and reflect on Scotland’s women’s rights movement through this series of wonderful artefacts.

About Glasgow Women’s Library

Glasgow Women’s Library is no ordinary library! They are the only resource of its kind in Scotland and a true national treasure. As well as a lending library, they hold an incredible treasure trove of historical and contemporary artefacts and archive materials that celebrate the lives, histories, and achievements of women. From Suffragette memorabilia and 1930s dress-making patterns to rare 1970s Scottish Women’s Liberation newsletters. Empowering women is one of their key aims. The library supports thousands of women across Scotland every year to improve their lives through their services and programmes, including support and activities that tackle a wide range of issues from poverty and women’s health, sexuality and surviving violence.

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Dr Adele Patrick

Dr Adele Patrick FRSE

Co-founder, Glasgow Women’s Library

Dr Adele Patrick has been involved in growing and supporting the development of innovative arts and cultural projects for over 20 years. These are rooted in equalities, research and community learning and teaching on gender and culture. Adele co-founded Glasgow Women’s Library in 1991 and is currently their Director, Creative Development, Delivery and Engagement. In addition to her leading role at Glasgow Women’s Library, she works as a coach, mentor, facilitator and writer, as a panellist and interviewer and in a wide range of other creative and transformative and change making activities. Her current research focus is on Intersectional Feminist Leadership.

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Iagan MacNeil

Iagan MacNeil

Head of Communications, Royal Society of Edinburgh

Iagan joined the RSE in September 2022 as Head of Communications having previously worked for a variety of organisations mainly in the public or not-for-profit sectors. His department oversees the RSE’s marketing, social media, media relations and internal communications. A former journalist, his experience has mainly been in media relations and public affairs for organisations such as Smart Energy GB, Historic Scotland, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, VisitScotland, and Digital UK.

He is a fluent Gaelic speaker from the Hebrides and a Trustee with the Eilidh MacLeod Memorial Trust which supports youth music education across Scotland. Iagan has also presented some general interest walking series for BBC Alba.

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Wednesday March 8th, 2023 19:00-20:00