International Women's Day 2024

8th to 10th March 2024

International Women’s Day is celebrated on the 8th March each year and we will be showing our support with a celebration throughout the weekend. The day has been observed since the early 1900s and we will be discussing the roles of women in the time periods around the museum:

At 1820s Pockerley Old Hall, hear the story of maritime navigator Janet Taylor, from Wolsingham, who revolutionised the way that sailors navigated across the sea, and have a go at making your very own compass!

In our 1900s Town, pick up your placard and march for women’s right to vote: Friday at 2pm, Saturday at 11.45am and 3pm and Sunday at 11am and 2pm.

On our 1900s Town street, hear the story of local Suffragist, doctor and co-founder of the Northern Women’s Hospital, Ethel Williams.

“Finding Ethel Williams” – Talk from Northumberland Archives on Ethel Williams, 11am and 2pm at our  1950s welfare hall. Saturday only.

Northumberland Archives display in our 1950s welfare hall. Saturday only.

Purple Plaques: spot our 12 purple plaques placed around the museum highlighting women from across the region.


Use your Beamish Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to join in with our International Women’s Day celebrations.

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