Back in 2002, Yvonne and I were members of Edinburgh Women's Science Forum (EWSF). I had been a member and an office bearer for over ten years and met Yvonne a couple of years earlier at Orkney Science Festival. She came to Edinburgh to study for a PhD in genetics and got involved in EWSF activities.
Although there is still a need for groups like EWSF, this particular organisation seemed to have reached the end of its natural life span but Yvonne inspired me and the rest of the group to create a small legacy before closed down fully. We proposed to spend our remaining funds on a flexible exhibition that could easily travel to different locations for a few years after we wound up.
EWSF had started in 1989 with an exhibition about female scientists past and present. It was shown at the Edinburgh International Science Festival that year and then toured many Scottish schools until it was worn out and more than a bit dated. This is what it looked like in around 1996.
|International Women's Day celebrations in Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh|
|Madeleine, Yvonne and Victoria|
|at the launch of the Scottish Resource Centre|