2020 Celebration – postponed until 2021

We’ve had to postpone Mary Wollstonecraft and Dissent: A Celebration: the good news is that we’re now planning to hold it 23-24 April 2021 at the Newington Green Meeting House, with the same great speakers!

We’ll be providing more information soon. For now, please see the original programme and information below for an idea of what we’re planning.

Friday 24 – Saturday 25 April, 2020.

To Register: https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/wollstonecraft

Venue: Newington Green Meeting House, London N16.  

Organised by the Newington Green Meeting House ‘Revolutionary Ideas since 1708’ Project and The Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship, with funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund

Confirmed speakers: Sandrine Berges, Emma Clery, Alan Coffee, Hannah Dawson, Mary Fairclough, Focus E15 Campaign, Daisy Hay, Felicity James, Laura Kirkley, Susan Manly, Charlotte May, Jon Mee, Catherine Packham, Fiona Price, Bee Rowlatt, Alexandra Runswick (Unlock Democracy), Kandice Sharren, Barbara Taylor, Janet Todd, Roberta Wedge, Joanna Wharton, Alexis Wolf.

Following the success of the Celebration to mark the 260th anniversary of the birth of the great feminist thinker Mary Wollstonecraft in April 2019, join us for a second Celebration of her life, writings and legacy in April 2020.

We will also be celebrating the re-opening of the Newington Green Meeting House, the oldest Non-Conformist place of worship in London. Following extensive renovation sponsored by the National Heritage Lottery Fund, this beautiful historic building will relaunch as an accessible heritage space dedicated to the legacy of the Dissenters at the birthplace of feminism. Mary Wollstonecraft established a school for girls at Newington Green in 1784, and gained inspiration and support from activists and intellectuals settled in the neighbourhood, including such Dissenting luminaries as Richard Price and Anna Letitia Barbauld.    

Talks and roundtable discussions will explore dissent, both in relation to the community of religious Dissenters in Wollstonecraft’s time and as a key aspect of feminism and progressive politics today.     

There will be the chance to see a new plaque in honour of Mary Wollstonecraft, the Annual General Meeting of the new literary society The Mary Wollstonecraft Fellowship, the launch of a Wollstonecraft Walks App, art displays, a book stall, a special visit to the British Library exhibition ‘Women’s Rights: Unfinished Business’, free historical walking tours around Newington Green and Stoke Newington, birthday cake, and more…

Ticket prices:

  • Standard one day: £38
  • Standard two day: £70
  • Concession one day: £20
  • Concession two day: £38

You can book for one day or for the whole two-day event.

Once you have booked your ticket you may also book onto the free guided walks.

There are limited free tickets available for two exciting events:

  • A special Wollstonecraft Celebration visit to the British Library exhibition ‘Women’s Rights: Unfinished Business’
  • An Amazon Stept Out“, a spoken and musical life of Mary Wollstonecraft, written by Bee Rowlatt of The Wollstonecraft Society

Once you have booked your ticket you can also book onto these events: first come, first served!

Tea and coffee will be provided during the day. You are welcome to bring your own lunch and picnic on the village green. Within 30 seconds to 5 minutes’ walk, eating options abound, from a French patisserie and an Italian trattoria, to a street full of Turkish restaurants, and even a Tesco Express. 

Activists, enthusiasts, students and scholars – ALL WELCOME.