Women’s History Month

It’s Women’s History Month, and at Morley College London we are very proud to share with you some of the many fascinating stories of women – past and present – who have shaped the legacy of Morley as being a place of innovation, learning and inspiration for all.

With a breadth of activity which will be promoted throughout the month to celebrate this theme…such as Morley Radio podcasts, historic profiles of inspirational women at Morley, and the historically renowned Penny Lectures…you’ll be able to feel the spirit of Women’s History Month at Morley. 

“Women Pioneers of Morley”

Our Women’s History Month brochure, now available at all centres, will give you an insight into the importance of this celebration, where women with strong links to Morley have pursued something creative and meaningful. 

From the first few pages, you will see the legacy of Women at Morley: from our Founder Emma Cons, to contemporary staff and student profiles.

This contrast between historical female figures with modern day female success stories at Morley is at the heart of this campaign, showing a spirit that is still very much alive today.

Download the “Women Pioneers of Morley” brochure below.


Penny Lecture: The Maltreatment of the child Jane in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and Modern Standards of Child Safeguarding

Charlotte Bronte (1816-1855) on engraving from 1885. English novelist and poet. Engraved by W.G. Jackman and published in “Queenly Women Crowned and Uncrowned”,USA,1885.

Presented by: Caroline Ings-Chambers
Date: 28th March 2024
Where: Waterloo
Time: 6-7pm
Tickets: Free

Socially forward looking elements in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre frequently focus on the adult Jane’s strong sense of self as a Victorian woman, her conviction of her equality with men and within the social class system. Even as a child, Jane’s sense of self and independence is highly developed. Brontë depicts the child Jane’s responses to the systematic maltreatment of a child within the home to highlight the psychological and intellectual complexity of the child.

Find out more and register here for Caroline Ings-Chambers Penny Lecture.

Poetry Happening: Chelsea Centre for Creative Industries

Date: 1st – 31st March 2024 across the Chelsea Centre for Creative Industries.

As part of Women’s History Month, staff and students at the Chelsea Centre will be creating a month long “Poetry Happening” – an audio-visual installation of chosen poems that, to us, signify aspects of women’s experiences across diverse cultures and historical periods. These will be displayed around the Chelsea Centre and changed on a weekly basis each Friday. The event will include a participatory element.


In each of the three mid-term exhibitions in March, our students will be curating a section dedicated to women’s creativity. The exhibits will be on view during the following exhibitions:

  • Fridge: HE Fine Art & Access to HE students: 29 February – 6 March 2024
  • Puppets: UAL Level 3 Extended Diploma Creative Practice students: 11 – 15 March 2024
  • Interim show: UAL Level 4 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design and Fashion students: 21 – 28 March 2024
  • Penny Lectures: A lecture by explorer Elise Wortley, aka Woman with Altitude, on Wednesday 13th March at 2pm and by architect Emily Rissom of R2 Studio Architects on the 27th March at 2pm. (Students only.)

Morley Radio

To celebrate Women’s History Month, Morley Radio has curated a page highlighting some of our content produced over the last few years.

Featuring a selection of podcasts related to Women’s History month including the Morley Mosaics series, The World of Science as well as a interview with internationally acclaimed painter, sculptor and long-time Morley tutor, Maggi Hambling.

Click here to visit our Women’s History Month collection.