About the Book of Names -


The BOOK OF NAMES is a project in which people will be able to add the names of their ancestors to an artist’s book which will start to build up a collection that seeks to move beyond formal data to create a human and embodied document. By adding the names of their Irish mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, aunts, cousins… the women who add names to this collection will have the chance to effectively ‘light a candle’ in memory of these relatives.

 

In creating this work I am hoping to raise awareness of such women, but also to open up the opportunity for people to share the stories that are part of their personal histories. By acknowledging these accounts there is the opportunity to become empowered by the perseverance, strength and spirit of our female ancestors.

 

All of the activities and experiences of this process will culminate and build towards a developed exhibition of this material which reflects the subject matter of the women who originally made such a brave journey. Hopefully weaved through this will be the ‘journeys’ made by the women involved in this project as we share stories and pass on the message of this project between each other.


To take part and to add names to the book please email me at rachael.flynn@uws.ac.uk and I will be able to send you a password to access the Members Only area above. Alternatively you can submit information via the option in the menu titled 'Submitting your story'.



(For an example of how a page may look please see PDF on right hand side).


There will be a book located in Glasgow Womens Library (March and August 2012) if you would like to visit in person to add a name to the collection in your own writing. Please feel free to share this opportunity with other people you feel may be interested in contributing. Glasgow Women’s Library is located near the centre of Glasgow, and is currently housed in self-contained premises within the Mitchell Library building.

The address is:

Glasgow Women’s Library
15 Berkeley Street
Glasgow, G3 7BW

The opening hours are 10am-4.30pm, Monday to Friday. If you would like to visit the Library outside these hours, please contact them via the following methods -


Post: Glasgow Women’s Library, 15 Berkeley Street, Glasgow G3 7BW

Telephone: 0141 248 9969

Email: info@womenslibrary.org.uk



Alternatively you can email the names to me and I can add them to the book.



Please note -

The ‘Book of Names’ will be forming part of my PhD thesis. All of the activities and experiences of this process will culminate and build towards an art work that reflects the subject matter of the women who originally made such a brave journey. Hopefully weaved through this will be the ‘journeys’ made by the women involved in this project as we share stories and add names.  In contributing to this collection of names I will need to confirm with you that you are happy to give permission for the names given to be part of this research project.

 


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