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Exploring Menopause Through Collections and Collaboration

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An iPad standing on a desk with an artwork on the screen, showing a red tinted photograph of a person wearing sunglasses. They have cracks running from the centre of their forehead, similar to the cracks that would appear on a broken window pane of glass.
Exploring Menopause through Collections and Collaboration, Photo: Kathleen Arundell. © Artwork on screen by S, Horwich LGBTQ+ ..

Watch a recording of a discussion about how to explore museum collections in ways that are creative, collaborative and socially engaged with artist and photographer Marge Bradshaw.   

Marge discusses the process of delivering the ‘Whose Menopause?’ project, which she worked on with three community groups in Bolton, Greater Manchester earlier this year. The groups used a range of material from our collections to investigate and challenge typical menopause narratives, which often exclude people identifying as LGBTQ+, working class or from the global majority.  

The event is facilitated by Dr Rachael Gillibrand, who leads ‘Stigma and Shame? Challenging Menstrual Taboo Through Time’, a research project that aims to start conversations, provide menstrual education, and influence change.   

The discussion took place on our YouTube channel , followed by a Q&A session at the end.  

‘Whose Menopause?’ was supported using public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England. It was also made possible by Bolton at Home, Indigo Gender Service, NHS Bolton CCG, and other community partners.    

‘Stigma and Shame? Challenging Menstrual Taboo Through Time’ has funding from the Leeds Arts and Humanities Research Institute. 

You might also like to see 'A bloody history of menpause', our six-part series combining the voices of contemporary women's experiences with historical perspectives on menopause.



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Photograph of Marge Bradshaw

Marge Bradshaw


Marge Bradshaw is a socially engaged documentary and portrait photographer based in Bolton. She creates work in collaboration with communities, on subjects that matter to them. Her work has been widely exhibited in the UK and published in various national and specialist media, including the BBC and the Guardian. Marge was shortlisted for RPS Science Photographer of the Year in 2019 and the RPS International Photography Exhibition in 2023. Her work was also selected by Historic England and Photoworks for the ‘Picturing High Streets’ nationwide outdoor exhibition in 2023. She has worked as a freelance arts and heritage consultant since 2008 across the UK and internationally.

Photograph of Rachael Gillibrand

Rachael Gillibrand


Dr Rachael Gillibrand is a historian and lecturer in Inclusive Learning for the Schools of History and English at the University of Leeds. Rachael’s research focuses on the relationship between health, technology and the body between the years c. 1400 and c. 1600.  Over the last year, her work has predominantly focused on menstruation, menopause and the female body in the later medieval period, moving away from her earlier exploration of dis/ability and assistive technology during the same period. In 2021, she worked as the Jaipreet Virdi Fellow at the Medical Heritage Library, where she created a series of open-access digital exhibitions on the theme of ‘Disability Technology’.