Two new exhibitions opened today at the Museum of Edinburgh. ‘Speaking Out: Recalling Women’s Aid in Scotland’, explores 40 years of Scottish Women’s Aid with objects, oral history and film. One particularly poignant object is the handbag in the photograph above. One woman fled from her abusive partner with nothing but her child and this handbag.
You may remember that I posted about art workshops run with women accessing the services of Edinburgh Women’s Aid earlier this year. Some of the artworks created are now on display in the exhibition.
In the lobby space at the Museum of Edinburgh is a second exhibition: ‘The Real Women of Edinburgh’ developed by Shakti Women’s Aid. This commemorates 30 years of their organisation.
‘Speaking Out’ is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and is a partnership between Scottish Women’s Aid, Glasgow Women’s Library, the Glasgow University Centre for Gender History and Women’s History Scotland.