A walk through queer history: Rose Sidgwick and memory at the University of Birmingham
A walking tour across the Edgbaston campus, with brief talks revealing the lives of Rose Sidgwick and Margery Fry and their significance to, queer history, internationalism, and gender. It asks: how have we remembered these figures?
This event will look at the life and times of Rose Sidgwick, who was a History lecturer until her early death in 1918, and her partner, Margery Fry, a warden and founder of the University’s hostel for women.
The walking tour will be led by leading academics in the areas of queer identity, queer history, and gender at the University of Birmingham. You will find out more about the life and work of Rose and Margery and uncover some of their hidden history, from a romantic birdbath to a surprising inscription in the Great Hall. We will ask: how should Rose Sidgwick and Margery Fry be remembered in the 21st century?
Meet inside the Aston Webb building, University of Birmingham campus, by reception / the WWI memorial.
Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.
The walk will last approx. 45-60 mins and will cover a distance of 1-2k. If you need further information on accessibility please contact us
Organised by Centre for West Midlands History, University of Birmingham
Date & TimeThurs 14 Sept | 2pm–3pm
LocationAston Webb Building University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, B15 2TT
This is an outdoor walk, expect uneven pavements, steps and slopes. If you need further information on accessibility, please email