Our intention to put Waterloo Bridge on the map as The Ladies Bridge, has led us to make films, and host many events.
Starting in 2005 with The Ladies Bridge documentary, there followed a ten year campaign resulting in Historic Englands’ 2015 official listing. This placed Waterloo bridge as an icon of women’s often unrecognised contribution to society, firmly in the popular imagination.
We explored the link between suffrage and women working in non traditional roles with two workshops, Make more Noise & Taking Off :
Taking Off: the I.E.T. Opens It’s Doors
Jenny Lockyer performing as the invincible Amy Johnson joined the Ladies bridge team in creating an exciting day of activities around women in engineering, emphasising the vital links between accessing work previously closed to women and the rise of the suffrage movement.
Make More Noise Conway Hall
Over 70 women and a handful of men enjoyed performances by Brit school students from the play “Her Naked Skin” and excerpts from a play written and performed by students at University of the Creative arts. We were also treated to Zoe Philpotts new show Ada’s Army alongside making headscarves, badges and art.
A week later, we celebrated the centenary of the first women to get the vote by making a unique banner of cloth and metal with which we marched through London as part of Artichoke’s iconic PROCESSION.
Light up the Ladies Bridge
We celebrated the 2015 Historic England listing with a three day event event, mixing epic projections on the National Theatre tower and arches of the bridgeand: a community choir; live music and over two hundred people joining hands across the bridge to make a human chain campaigning for a blue plaque to be placed on the bridge.