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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.

Thistles & Dandelions have developed an 18-month long programme with local museums, libraries and other cultural organisations with whom we will deliver workshops and training to our volunteers. Through learning about Scottish women’s history, volunteers will be empowered to develop invaluable skills such as archive research, object handling, oral history recording, creative writing, exhibition design, photography, storytelling and much more.

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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.

The 31 women who volunteer on the project come to Glasgow from all over the world: Pakistan, Sudan, Yemen, Nigeria, Iraq, Italy, France, Barbados, Kurdistan, Scotland and England. This project seeks to ensure that the next generation of museum and heritage professionals represent the diversity of Scotland’s population.

Through our multilingual, accessible community engagement activities, we seek to advance the voices of marginalised women while opening up heritage in Glasgow to ethnic and cultural minority communities in the city.

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Thistles & Dandelions is generously supported by Heritage Lottery Fund