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Space Invaders Manifesto Launch – Online – 20 July 2020

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Space Invaders – gender equality in museums – Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum – 15 November 2019

Top feminist chat from

  • Sharon Heal, Director of the Museums Association
  • Melissa Strauss, Policy Advisor at the National Lottery Heritage Fund
  • Rachel Cockett, Director of Development, Birmingham Museums Trust

Exploring equality and diversity in museum practice across the UK – British Museum – 4 November 2019

This conference looked at issues of representation, authority and power with particular focus on disability, class, gender, race and sexuality.

Read about the British Museum conference


Space Invaders manifest at the Museum of London – 1 May 2019

An evening of sharing and plotting where we covered:

  • Our manifesto for change – workshops
  • Practical tools to use in your workplace
  • Plotting/ Scheming/ Group offloading

Women Making History: The Leaders of TodayWomen and Power conference – Oxford University – 7 March 2019

Sara joined leaders Hilary Carty, Director, Clore Leadership Programme and Kate Clark, Visiting Professor in Heritage Valuation University of Sussex for a roundtable chaired by Virginia Tandy, Co-Founder, Women Leaders in Museums Network.

Together they explored the presence of women in senior roles in heritage organisations through the lived experience of the first generation of female museum leaders. What difference have these women made to how heritage is managed, preserved, and constructed? What barriers have they encountered? How have these women helped others to succeed?

Read Polly’s reflections on the Women and Power conference


Museums Association Conference and Exhibition – Belfast – 8-10 November

Mel chaired a session with Nirmal Puwar from the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths and Margaret Ward, an historian from Queen’s University Belfast discussing the Space Invaders Network ambitious programme for change. It drew on what women have said about the Suffrage centenary, alongside the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.


A centenary of Votes for Women – V&A – 25 January 2018

We came together at the V&A to explore what we’re doing as a sector to commemorate the 100th anniversary of (some) women getting the vote.


‘Space Invaders: Part III’ event – Tower of London – 26 September 2016

Plotting in the Tower to develop our manifesto.


‘Space Invaders: Part II’ event – Museum of Childhood – 22 June 2016

Suffragettes and campaign action. What do we need to make change?


‘Space Invaders: Women Museum Leaders’ conference – Imperial War Museum – 18 March 2016

The first of its kind, this conference kickstarted a public debate about the lack of gender equality in museum leadership.

Read journalist Yasmin Khan’s article about our conference on the Guardian News website

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