Hatpins to Hashtags


During 2018 to mark its 40th anniversary and to celebrate 100 years of (some) women getting the vote, Feminist Archive South brought an exciting touring project, Hatpins to Hastags to five locations in the South West. Touring  from 2 September - 9 December 2018 the project visited Glastonbury, Weston-super-Mare, Taunton, Bridport and Plymouth.

Over the last 100 years, from hatpins to hashtags, women have defended themselves and fought for equal rights with whatever tools are to hand. Celebrating the legacy of the fight for suffrage and the actions of the  Women’s Liberation Movement, Hatpins to Hashtags aimed to inspire and motivate us all in the age of the hashtag. 

Hatpins to Hashtags offered free workshops, events and a unique exhibition of inspiring, campaigning posters from the Women’s Liberation Movement (1970-2000). 

Over the course of the project we delivered 5 exhibitions, 9 opening events, talks and related events, 14 Digital Democracy training days or related events and 23 workshops or events with young people: a total of 51 activities engaging nearly 3,000 people.



politics and protest banner Hatpins to Hashtags  brings an exhibition of dynamic posters from the Women’s Liberation Movement (1978-2000) to share with audiences around the South West. Drawn from the rich collection of over 1000 posters held by The Feminist Archive South,  they are testimony to the determination of women to speak out and organise on their own terms.  The posters are inspiring and will also provoke debate as many of the burning issues of the day still reverberate today. What was achieved? What is still to be done?
Feminist Futures The Feminist Futures educational workshops aim to educate young people about UK democracy and gender inequality through the diverse herstories of women’s activism. The Feminist Archive South have partnered with T.I.G.E.R. (Teaching Individuals Gender Equality and Respect) and a network of feminist artists and educators across the South West in order to launch a series of interactive and creative workshops.
Digital Democracy banner Power and control have moved into the digital space, democracy less so, and tech has become increasingly inaccessible. 'Digital Democracy' will look at some of the global movements currently seeking to build a fairer and more inclusive digital world, and at ways of using online software as a tool in grassroots activism. Most importantly, the Digital Democracy strand is about building collaboration in unfamiliar digital spaces.