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Women of Glasgow Walking Trail: The Thistles & Dandelions Inclusive Heritage Project

Meeting Point: Outside Empower Women for Change
Nearest Address to Meeting Point: 34 St Enoch Square Glasgow
Trail Postcode: G1 4DF

Join us on the debut of our inclusive heritage women’s walk in central Glasgow. Walk with us as we uncover the stories of the incredible women and their communities who have shaped this city. This trail has been coproduced with the volunteers of the Thistles and Dandelions project, a community heritage group which centres Black, Asian, migrant, refugee and asylum seeking women. Throughout the last year we have come together to learn about women’s history with help from partners like the Glasgow Women’s Library and Women’s History Scotland.

From our research we have created a guided tour celebrating the multi-layered narratives of so much of the city: one of the stops being both the supposed site of the chapel of St Thenue, the mother of Glasgow, and now the offices of charity Empower Women for Change; another stop, the Central Mosque, telling both the story of the Muslim women who fundraised to build it and now the vaccination drive during the pandemic. This trail also tells the journey of our project, with the stories of the artists, writers, and historians who helped shape it, inspiring us to celebrate some of our own personal stories as part of the fabric of Glasgow.

Thistles and Dandelions is a project of Empower Women for Change, a Glasgow-based charity dedicated to advancing the leadership and active citizenship of ethnic minority women. The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

Other Information

Travel

Nearest Train and/or Subway: Glasgow Central / St Enoch
Parking: Yes

Accessibility

Physical Access to Building: Limited Access (some areas may be slightly tricky – please explain below)
Further details: We will be walking through the city centre, using pavements and paved pathways through a park and avoiding stairs, however occasionally on narrow pavements or steep kerbs. There will be a member of staff around to assist anyone with mobility requirements that would like to request it.
Additional Access Info: The walk will be at a slow pace with opportunities to rest. We will have sections of the walk available in Urdu and Arabic. Children in prams welcome.
Additional Restrictions: Wear comfortable footwear and clothing.

Organisation

Organisation Information:

Thistles and Dandelions is a project of Empower Women for Change, a Glasgow-based charity dedicated to advancing the leadership and active citizenship of ethnic minority women. The project is funded by Heritage Lottery Fund.

We are a community of women, including ethnic and cultural minorities, new migrants, refugee and asylum-seeking women living in Glasgow who through the project, are empowered to access volunteering, education and employment within the heritage sector, as well as to become more confident, make new friends and learn more about the city. Our volunteers are supported holistically to participate and our community provides a safe, nurturing environment to try new things, develop and meet new people.

Working in partnership with some of Scotland’s finest heritage institutions, Thistles & Dandelions volunteers are developing valuable skills and experiences while exploring the history of Glasgow’s women over the last 50–100 years.

Sunday @ 12pm

Trail duration: 1 hour 30 minutes