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Glasgow Women’s Library GWL
again delivered a fantastic workshop opening up ideas about women’s histories, the work of the library and how other communities across Scotland have turned their research about women into trails and walks that mark their contributions. Esmee opened up the evening with an introduction to Trails and Tales, explaining why we we working with Glasgow Women’s Library and how people might stay involved with us. Under the guidance of Kim from GWL
we took a slightly different direction, with little ice breaker conversations and breaking up into small groups for discussion before setting about creating and mapping the wide ranging women that participants felt should be remembered for their contributions. Previous events have been held at Westerton
, Kirkintilloch and Torrance
and this session saw some further additions to the stories of significant women and places: from Colpi’s ice creams – Mrs Colpi herself attended and I was lucky enough to enjoy speaking with her about her many fabulous and detailed memories of the area and the people who lived there – to the artist Mary Armour and the Lillie sisters; again the evening gave rise to the sharing of an abundance of stories. I was interested in the Lillie sisters. Robert Lillie is always the association with the Lillie art gallery, yet from the evening it sounded as though his sisters were very influential on the community too. It was only after the death of Robert’s sister Jane
that the legacy of the art collection was passed over and accepted by the then Milngavie town council.
The whole evening really gave a sense of the feeling of community that many have about living in Milngavie – a feeling that has been echoed in so many of the workshops within other communities. It was lively and full of discussion and sharing and the map from the evening will be shared on our Maps Page soon. Further Exploring Women’s Histories events are planned to enable opportunity for each town/village to map women histories local to their area and the 23rd June will see us at Lennoxtown