Talk of the Steamie will explore the importance of Public Wash-houses to working class communities, especially women, in the UK during the 19th and 20th centuries. It will consider the social and cultural significance that they played in their communities then and the importance of this heritage now. It will also think about the future of women’s health and well-being as Govanhill Baths is remodelled into a Health and Well-being Centre.
As part of the conference there will be a new work Hung Out To Dry, from critically acclaimed Glasgow theatre maker, Donna Rutherford (www.donnarutherford.org).
The conference is accompanied by the Talk of the Steamie exhibition: Wed 5th Sept – Fri 28th Sept , 10am – 5.30pm
10.00 Registration and refreshments
10.15 Introduction & Welcome
Paula Larkin, Independent Archivist, Govanhill Baths
10.20 The Baths and Wash-houses Collection
Dr Irene O’Brien, Archivist, Glasgow City Archives.
11.05 Working class Women in Post-war Glasgow & Scotland
Dr Andrea Thomson, Research Associate – Housing, Feminism and Women’s Citizenship in Britain, c.1945 to the present, Faculty of History, University of Oxford.
11.45 Refreshment break
12.00 Women of the Manchester Wash-houses
12.40 Exhibition & Tour of the Building
13.10 Networking lunch
14.00 Hung Out To Dry
Donna Rutherford, Glasgow theatre maker.
14.30 The Rise and Fall of Edinburgh Wash-houses
Steven Robb, Heritage Management Directorate, Historic Environment Scotland.
15.00 Community in Govanhill
Dr Heather Lynch, School of Health and Life Sciences, Glasgow Caledonian University.
15.30 Q&A – What have we lost? What have we gained?
With local women who used the Steamie.