Community Lecture Series | Women of Gibraltar: Forgotten Narratives

Friday 26th January 2024
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Date: Friday 26th January 2024
Time: 10:00 – 11:00
Location: Conference Hall, Europa Point Campus

About this lecture

In centuries past it is clear that life was not easy for the average inhabitant of Gibraltar. They had to endure epidemics, sieges, pirate raids, overcrowding and food shortages. For the ‘imported families’ of the military and merchants, there were the added challenges of acclimatisation, cultural differences and language barriers to be overcome. Gibraltar was a fortress city and the fortress always came first. War and defence throughout the history of mankind has always been male led and so has led to administrative systems and processes being male centred. But what of the women of Gibraltar? Who are they, what brought them to Gibraltar? What drove them to survive, to achieve, to thrive? We focus on the stories of 30 women and institutions from our past and into the present day that have shaped and influenced Gibraltar over the centuries.

About the speaker

Claire Montado currently works for the Gibraltar Heritage Trust as Chief Executive, a role she has held since 2008. Graduating from the University of Reading which a degree in Archaeology in 2000, and a Masters in Museum Studies in 2001, she went on to work at the Gibraltar National Museum as Technical Officer (Archaeology & History). Claire’s career to date has been dedicated to the development and improvement of the heritage field in Gibraltar. With a strong interest in public archaeology and education, heritage management and architectural conservations, she has led on a variety of heritage projects, exhibitions and awareness initiatives.
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