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Women’s Rights Teacher CPD with British Library and Historical Association

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Virtual CPD for Secondary History teachers explores the long history of women's rights in the context of new exhibition Unfinished Business

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British Library Learning, in partnership with the Historical Association, is pleased to offer a fantastic virtual CPD for teachers linked to the Library’s new exhibition Unfinished Business: the Fight for Women’s Rights. This free online event will combine brilliant resources and expertise from both organisations to give teachers fresh insights into the long history of women’s rights, exploring how the issue of female suffrage can be tackled more effectively in the classroom.

From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, Unfinished Business explores how feminist activism in the UK has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. With social and racial inequalities thrown into sharp relief by recent world events, this timely show invites you to join the debate and add your voice to the many fighting for a fairer world.

The event will also showcase a range of web materials created by both organisations to support teaching and earning on this topic. In 2018, the Historical Association produced a new website telling the long history of women’s suffrage, as part of government-funded commemorations of the 2018 anniversary of women gaining the vote. The website provides a database mapping women’s suffrage activity produced by Dr Tara Morton of Warwick University, several articles, case studies and podcasts charting the long history of suffrage plus several fully resourced teaching enquiries. Additional online resources from British Library Learning will also be shared during the event, including digital materials supporting exploration of the exhibition.

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16:30 Welcome from the British Library followed by an overview of Unfinished Business from the exhibition's curators

17:00 What were the Suffrage Campaigners fighting for?

Many different groups were involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage. This session explores the varying reasons why suffrage campaigners wanted to achieve votes for women from the mid-nineteenth century onwards and the importance of enabling students to see the complexities and diversity of the movement in the wider political context of the time. There will be access to a fully resourced lesson sequence to take away.

17:40 Classroom-ready activities from the British Library

Join British Library Learning Facilitators as they showcase the activity-rich learning content created at the Library in support of the exhibition

18:00 Closing remarks

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