Women of Lochbroom

Women of Lochbroom was a social media campaign to start the process of including Lochbroom’s prominent women in the historic narrative. Women have been historically absent from our collections and our written history and a concerted effort has been undertaken by all museums to try and rectify this inequality in our records. As part of International Women’s Day 2021 we delved into our archives and local history to find the women who are routinely overlooked and forgotten. 

We had the hard task of narrowing the stories down to just five. The five women where chosen because we believe that they have stories that need to be told. Some stories are of inspiration, some are of dedication, some are of bravery and some are stories have been hidden and need to be heard. It is our duty to give these women a voice.

We are in a unique position where most of our Museum Staff, Volunteers and Board are Women, we are able to use our privilege as modern women to bring these women back to life to tell their stories through us. 

 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. Significant activity is witnessed worldwide as groups come together to celebrate women’s achievements or rally for women’s equality. 

For more information on International Womens Days 2021 follow the link to their website International Women’s Day

Agnes Harris Wallace tells a story of Sacrifice in War Time Britain 

Kate Mackenzie tells a story of bravery during the Highland Clearances

Mary MacDonald tells a story of the audacity and tenacity of a Highland jewel thief

Bella MacKenzie tells a story of dedication to her life’s work as a nurse

Anne McLean tells the story of heartbreak and abuse that was suffered by many 19th Century Women.

Can you imagine a different Scotland, a Scotland where women are commemorated in statues and streets and buildings – even in the hills and valleys? 

from Sara Sheridan’s Where Are The Women: A Guide to an Imagined Scotland