Women’s History

Annual Exhibition

Women’s History Photographic Exhibition

This is an extensive body of work which is ongoing and continuously growing. It is the work of historians Ann Fitzgerald and Andy Kelly.   The collection represents Waterford women from all areas of life who contributed to Waterford Society. Many of the women had been excluded from written history and almost forgotton. The ongoing development of this work includesrecording Waterford women’s stories including present day women.  It is exhibited annually for International Women’s Day.  e

Women’s Walking Tour

Women’s walking tour of Waterford visits relevant sites throughout the city commemorating  Waterford women and men who contributed to women’s development and equality. 

Pink Plaque Campaign

The Pink Plaque Campaign aims to increase the number of Waterford City Civic Trust Blue Plaques dedicated to women and acknowledge their contribution to our City. The Women’s Centre raises funds to sponsor and launch a blue plaque annually on International Women’s Day. As part of the campaign we also highlight the work of the women nominated.   This year 2019 a Blue Plaque will be unveiled to the Waterford Cockle Women at Arundel Lane on Friday 8th March at 11am.

Bonnet Project

This project links into the ‘Roses from the Heart’ international project, a memorial to the 25,566 women sentenced to transportation as convicts from the then British Isles to Australia and Tasmania (formerly named Van Diemen’s Land) between 1788 & 1853.  Some of those women and children were from Waterford.  The artist, Christina Henri chose a cloth bonnet, taken from an original 1860s servant’s bonnet, to symbolise the lives of these convict women whose stories were forgotten.  Christina believes that many of these impoverished women were transported simply for being vagrants and when given opportunities in Tasmania or Australia the women’s resilience and fortitude saw them flourish and contribute to the growth of the emerging nation.  The named bonnets made by the Women’s Centre formed part of the exhibition in the Waterford City Council Library as part of the 2018 International Women’s Day exhibition remembering 15 of the 304 Waterford Women who were transported.  The Bonnet Project facilitated the development of practical skills such as: hand and machine sewing, following a pattern, embroidery, design and decoration. Along with these practical skills and in keeping with community education principles it facilitated discussion and analysis on history, gender, class through uncovering the lives of the women the bonnets were made for.