Visit IWM North for a range of events to mark International Women's Day 2016:
Introduced film screeening:
Playing a Part - The Story of Claude Cahun
Sunday March 6, 2.30pm - 4.30pm
Free, no booking required
Join filmmaker, Lizzie Thynne, for an introduced screening of her film Playing a Part: The Story of Claude Cahun.
Claude Cahun, a member of the French Surrealist movement, used her art and photography to defy norms of gender and identity. While living in Nazi-occupied Jersey during the Second World War, Cahun and her partner and step sister, Marcel Moore, mounted an extraordinary resistance campaign. Part art, part propaganda, they employed the identity of a fictitious disaffected German soldier and distributed handmade anti-Nazi leaflets, written in almost fluent German, in places where German Servicemen would find them around the island. It took four years for the Germans to discover that the couple were behind it.
Following the screening, Lizzie will be in conversation with Jackie Stacey, Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at University of Manchester on the topic of Art as a form of resistance. Part of Manchester's Wonder Women 2016 festival.
Guest talks: a cool and lonely courage - Female agents of the Special Operations Executive
Tuesday 8 and Wednesday 9 March at 12.30pm and 2.15pm
Dr Kate Vigurs, historian, researcher and author delivers a guest talk as part of our programme to mark International Women's Day.
Currently writing a book on the work of agents of the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, Dr Vigurs will uncover some interesting and moving personal stories of women who served with the SOE, such as Noor Inayat Khan GC whose pocket pistol is on display at IWM North. Captured by the Gestapo while working as a radio operator for SOE's 'Prosper' circuit in France, she was imprisoned in Germany after refusing to co-operate with her interrogators and executed at Dachau concentration camp in 1944, being awarded the George Cross posthumously in 1949.
A Closer Look Tour: International Women's Day
Daily* throughout March at 3.30pm (excluding 8 and 9 March).
BSL interpreted on 12 March
Discover the personal stories of women who played ground-breaking roles in times of conflict.
Learn of the responses of Suffragettes to the outbreak of the First World War, such as Phyllis Lovell, who founded the Home Service Corps in Liverpool to ensure that women there were given the opportunity to take on jobs traditionally held by men. Hear about the work of artists Claude Cahun and Marcel Moore, who while living in Jersey in the Second World War, employed the identity of a fictitious disaffected German soldier to carry out a counter propaganda campaign against the Nazi Occupation.
In Focus: Women and War
Saturdays and Sundays and daily from 25-28 March at 11.30am
New In Focus drop in sessions reveal specially selected archive films, personal stories and artefacts from IWM's national collection.
To mark International Women's Day 2016, see film excerpts highlighting the often ground breaking work of women during times of conflict.