MA DIGITAL MEDIA Students have used a range of media to interpret the exhibition objects and themes. Working individually and in groups, they have produced an exhibition web site; a CD ROM looking at the changing experiences of women in Britain; an audio installation, in which women speak of what they want today; a visual installation exploring women's ideas of beauty, and a short film documenting the process of creating the exhibition.
MA FINE ART Students visited the Library and viewed a range of visual materials from the collections. They have made artworks relating to the exhibition themes and inspired by this material.
HEBA Twelve women from the local community organisation HEBA responded to the themes of the What Women Want exhibition and developed a number of these for their own creative work. The medium of the umbrella was chosen as it is an effective and visible way through which to express the women's creative statements.
Six umbrellas are on display in the exhibition alongside an additional artwork– a banner, which you can also see displayed here, and which was inspired and informed by the collections held at The Women's Library.
MA MODERN BRITISH WOMEN'S HISTORY Through a series of workshop held at the Library, students explored a variety of ways in which museum objects can be interpreted, and were introduced to a range of learning styles and learning preferences. The students went on to research a selection of objects on display, and to write informative texts giving more in-depth, contextual information about the item. These texts are available in the exhibition.
MAGIC ME Spinning Plates is the result of a collaboration between The Women's Library, the community organisation Magic Me, and Mulberry School in Tower Hamlets.
Older women from the local community worked with Bengali girls from Mulberry School for an afternoon a week for twelve week, focusing on the theme of women's roles in the home. The sessions took place at The Women's Library, and the poems, photographs and ideas that resulted were inspired by Library's collection of domestic manuals. The creative work has been reproduced in a calendar, which is displayed in the exhibition What Women Want.The facilitators of the project were artist Sue Mayo and photographer Frances Kearney. The project was funded by the St Katharine and Shadwell Trust, and Mulberry School.