The last witch to be tried, women aviators taking off in bomber planes from Hatfield, the county’s highwaywoman, an Edwardian ballooning parachutist and WW1 ambulance driving daredevil… how many of these Herts women have YOU heard of?
The Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines exhibition is curated by Hertford Museum and Trestle Theatre Company and runs from April 30- July 1 at Hertford Museum and then transfers to Verulamium Museum in St Albans from July 30- August 29.
Funded by the Heritage Lottery and managed and run by Trestle Theatre Company, the project has been discovering, re-discovering and celebrating some of our county’s forgotten women.
The exhibition will bring together information about a wide range of inspiring, pioneering and groundbreaking women; original illustrations and artefacts; artworks inspired by the heroines and created by our team of artists, schools and community groups; a specially-commissioned film including interviews with Mayor Lynne Sparks, Dr Mary Groves MBE and others; and specially taken oral histories that capture the voices and stories of women of our community past and present. There is also dressing-up and a giant, specially created colouring in page for children to enjoy.
Trestle Theatre Company artistic director Emily Gray says: “It has been inspiring to work with the team at Hertford Museum, who have drawn together the work of our wonderful participants with women’s stories, fascinating oral histories and interesting objects on loan from many places. Creating exhibitions aimed at engaging a wide range of people with diverse learning styles is what Hertford Museum do best and we hope many people will come and experience the excitement of this project through the exhibition”
Hertford Museum Curator Sara Taylor says “Those of us working in the heritage industry know how few women’s stories have historically been recorded. The joy of this project has been in discovering astonishing contributions to so many fields made by Hertfordshire women, often quietly going about their business, and in recording and sharing their stories. We’ve been delighted to work with our partners at Trestle and all the wonderful volunteers from across the County who have recorded oral histories with today’s heroines.”
A range of visual arts and drama workshops will accompany the exhibition; check the websites for more information.
Visit the Heroines website at www.hertshiddenheroines.org.uk to see who we have listed, from Boudicca onwards- and add your own suggestion! Email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch.
About the Heritage Lottery Fund
From the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife, we use National Lottery players’ money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about. www.hlf.org.uk.