38 episodes

Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Newington Green Meeting House has undergone a major renovation. It has been transformed into a fully accessible, free heritage space, ready to share its radical history and encourage visitors to think differently.

The building was a hotbed of revolutionary thinking in the 18th century and holds stories of Richard Price, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Andrew Pritchard and most notably Mary Wollstonecraft – leading to it being described as the birthplace of feminism.

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    • Society & Culture

Thanks to support from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, the Newington Green Meeting House has undergone a major renovation. It has been transformed into a fully accessible, free heritage space, ready to share its radical history and encourage visitors to think differently.

The building was a hotbed of revolutionary thinking in the 18th century and holds stories of Richard Price, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Andrew Pritchard and most notably Mary Wollstonecraft – leading to it being described as the birthplace of feminism.

    DRAG - POWER & POLITICS

    DRAG - POWER & POLITICS

    DRAG SUPERSTAR CRYSTAL (RuPaul's Drag Race UK Season 1) hosts a night celebrating the drag stories and legacy of the GAY LIBERATION FRONT with STUART FEATHER (once arrested in full Mary Whitehouse drag in 1971) and Living Legend LAVINIA CO-OP of radical drag theatre troupe BLOOLIPS.



    The GLF harnessed the power and politics of drag in their actions and campaigns, most notoriously against Mary Whitehouse's Festival of Light (feat. Cliff Richard) in 1971. After the heyday of the GLF, activist and performer Bette Bourne formed the radical drag theatre troupe BLOOLIPS, featuring, among others Lavinia Co-op and Gretal Feather, who toured Britain, Europe and America. 



    An evening to explore the potential drag has to bring about social change and make people sit up and notice, based on the incredible stories of the GLF and Bloolips. 



    An event as part of the GLF AT 50; THE ART OF PROTEST exhibition at Newington Green Meeting House in 2021

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Lady Mary Abney by Richard Crawford

    Lady Mary Abney by Richard Crawford

    Blog reading by Rose Heatley at Newington Green Meeting House. Recorded and Edited by Lydia Boffey and Steven Morrison



    https://www.ngmh.org.uk/blog/lady-mary-abney

    • 5 min
    Sculpture controversy by Jade Isaacs

    Sculpture controversy by Jade Isaacs

    Blog reading by Rose Heatley at Newington Green Meeting House. Recorded and Edited by Lydia Boffey and Steven Morrison 

    https://www.ngmh.org.uk/blog/what-does-the-controversy-around-a-sculpture-for-mary-wollstonecraft-tell-us-about-mary-wollstonecrafts-intellectual-legacy

    • 8 min
    William Ellery Channing and Matilda Sharpe’s Girls’ School by Richard Crawford

    William Ellery Channing and Matilda Sharpe’s Girls’ School by Richard Crawford

    Blog reading by Rose Heatley at Newington Green Meeting House. Recorded and Edited by Lydia Boffey and Steven Morrison 

    https://www.ngmh.org.uk/blog/william-ellery-channing-and-matilda-sharpes-girls-school

    • 7 min
    Common People: Fashion and Class

    Common People: Fashion and Class

    Join speakers live in the Meeting House and beamed in from Belfast and Sheffield to explore national perspectives on the topic of ‘Fashion and Class’. From dissecting Mod and Mod revival culture and trying to get to its working class roots and how that plays out today, to learning more about how dress, poverty and working class culture intersect within Irish history – we will be skimming the surface of this fascinating topic. Guests include: Lucas Gomersall, Bob Morris, Eliza McKee, Mercedez Mendy and Jessica Pierre Ross. Stick around afterwards for a drink, mingle and to check out the installation in the new exhibition "Identities, a retrospective" by Jessica Ross & Mercedez Mendy in our exhibition space upstairs too.

    • 1 hr 23 min
    Common People: Not one homogenous lump

    Common People: Not one homogenous lump

    ‘Not one homogenous lump’ – We’ll be joined by a panel of guests sharing their diverse experience of class and how this intersects with many other characteristics and experiences. Join us to hear from lived experience on how class intersects with race, mental health, living with disability, being a member of the LGBTQ+ community and more. – This event will be recorded and released as a podcast on Spotify afterwards. There will be live auto-transcription at this event.

    • 1 hr 33 min

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