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The Thistles & Dandelions Project


Thistles & Dandelions (T&D) is a project of Empower Women for Change (EWfC) that works to support access to heritage in Glasgow for minoritised women; whether that is making use of Glasgow's museums and galleries, seeking employment in the heritage sector, or taking ownership of the heritage stories told.

The T&D team develop a programme in partnership with local museums, libraries and other cultural organisations with whom we deliver workshops and training to our volunteers, and create co-produced outputs like exhibitions and walking tours.

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We are a community of women, including ethnic and cultural minorities, new migrants, refugee and asylum-seeking women living in Glasgow who through the project, are empowered to access volunteering, education and employment within the heritage sector, as well as to become more confident, make new friends and learn more about the city. Our volunteers are supported holistically to participate and our community provides a safe, nurturing environment to try new things, develop and meet new people.

Since the success of the launch of the project in 2020, the T&D team have been involved in consultation with various heritage organisations to support the developing good practice of working with community groups and creating accessible heritage spaces.

Through our programme of accessible community engagement activities, we seek to advance the voices of marginalised women while opening up heritage in Glasgow to ethnic and cultural minority communities in the city.


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T&D are currently developing our Museum Residencies project working to create a longer-form reciprocal dialogue between the T&D group and specific heritage spaces. Stay tuned on our socials and blog to find out more about our residencies.

We are extremely grateful for the support of the National Heritage Lottery Fund for their continued support in making this project happen.


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