Snapping the Stiletto: Essex Women’s History Festival

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Snapping the Stiletto: Essex Women’s History Festival, Saturday 9th March 2019, University of Essex Business School, Wivenhoe, FREE

Book your ticket here

In honour of International Women’s Day, we are working with the University of Essex to host this one day celebration of strong Essex women.

This FREE festival will share inspiring stories of local women from the last hundred years and explore this issues that continue to affect us today. It includes talks, craftivism activities, film screenings and displays.

The day includes presentations by historians from across Essex, exploring the lives of suffragettes after winning the vote, pioneers in the workplace and modern campaigner. We will be looking at everyday women, as well as those who became well-known. The full programme can be seen here.

There will also be a range of craftivism activities tackling period poverty, body positivity and women’s rights. Details are available here.

We have been able to release some additional tickets, which can be booked here.. Alternatively, we are looking for volunteers to help steward on the day. If you would be willing to lend a hand, you can find out more about this and other Festival volunteering opportunities here.

We will be collecting donations of sanitary products for The Red Box Project and beauty and hygiene products for Beauty Banks. Please click the links for more information.

PLEASE BE AWARE that some sessions will be exploring some adult themes and may not be suitable for under 16s. This will be made clear on the programme and there will be alternative activities taking place.

We will be taking photographs at the event to use in promotion and evaluation. More information about how images will be used and stored, and what to do if you do not wish your image to be used, can be found here.


Details about how to get to the Essex Business School at the University, where to park etc can be found here. Information about where to eat on the day is available here.

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The festival is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, the University of Essex, SHARE Museums East and the Wellcome Trust.


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