CALLS are to be made for blue plaque awards to mark the long history of women’s activism in the North.

Members of the Women’s Banner Group, in Durham, are calling for people to come forward with inspirational stories of resistance as part of a celebration of female activists of the past.

A collaboration between the banner group, local schools and Lancaster University is seeking to herald important local women at a ‘blue plaque hustings’.

Group secretary, Lynn Gibson, said: “There are currently no blue plaques in the area dedicated to women.

“They are only for men or buildings, despite having many local women of importance.

“We hope to be able to rectify it through this process.”

People attending the hustings will be asked to help decide which of the nominated women will go forward.

It will take place at the Durham Miners’ Association headquarters, at Redhills, Durham, on Saturday March 30, at 1pm.

Lancaster University’s Remembering Resistance project, bringing the history of women’s activism to life, will also be highlighted at the event.

Further information on the criteria for nominating someone for a blue plaque is available via, through which tickets details for the hustings event is also available.