Women: Breaking the mould

Posted on 26/09/2014 by


Breaking the Mould is a new project which aims to record and celebrate inspirational women from North Edinburgh who have made a difference to the lives of others locally, nationally, internationally.  The project is particularly interested in identifying and publicising those women from our community who have ‘broken the mould’.

The achievements of many Edinburgh women are well known to us.  Names such as Elsie Inglis and Helen Crummy have been celebrated with honours and memorials.   There are many other women out there, however, who may have been forgotten about who really deserve to be remembered.

The group who are undertaking this research live locally and will be supported by  a local Community Learning and Development worker  and a tutor from the  Workers Education Association.  The group will be meeting every Wednesday from 10 – 12 in Royston Wardieburn Community Centre – first session is next Wednesday (1 October).    A free crèche is provided for participants’ children.

Our short list of women who ‘Broke the Mould’ will be  included in a new Edinburgh-wide booklet which will be launched at a special event at  the Scottish Parliament next year.  We  also hope to create an exhibition displaying the images of all our inspirational local  women.  The exhibition will be launched at a community event in North Edinburgh Arts Centre next summer.

If you are interested in joining the group or would like more information about how you can get involved  call Lynn McCabe  at Royston/Wardieburn Community Centre on 552 5700  or  Isobel Hart,  from the  Workers Education Association on 225 2580.

Alternatively, check out the North Edinburgh Breaking the Mould  Facebook page.   For more  information about the project in other areas of the  country contact: https://www.facebook.comWEABreakingthemould

Lynn McCabe