Resources for schools

How to use this resource

This resource uses the stories and images collected as part of the Snapping the Stiletto Exhibition to support teachers looking at strong women of Essex over the last 100 years.

It has been developed in discussion with 11 Essex Museums, Essex Schools and the Essex Girl Guide Association who have helped shape the content to ensure that it is relevant to the curriculum needs of schools in Essex.

It is divided into KS2 and KS 3&4 content. There are case studies, a library of images and films for teachers to use as they would like. There is also a brief historical background and a list of laws affecting women for context.

Brief historical context 1918 -2018

100 Years of laws Affecting Women

Some of the case studies have not been edited and are still as they were in transcription for use as historical documents. There is a ‘Case Studies Essentials’ file which has short, bullet pointed outlines for the women featured.

There are PPTs and lesson plans with activities based on topics suggested by the schools and featuring the stories of the women in Essex who broke the mould and snapped the stiletto. There are links to all the Museums who kindly gave us permission to use their images, films and oral histories if you would like to pursue the stories further.

To find out more about:

  • Rosina Sky and Adelaide Hawken please contact Southend Museum:

  • Grace Chappelow please contact Chelmsford Museum:

  • Dee (Delores) Ramlal and Gloria Byers please contact Redbridge Museum and Heritage Centre.

For more information or to book a schools education session at Redbridge Museum, please email or call 020 8708 2317.

  • Hocky Hockett please contact Essex Fire Service Museum

  • Colchester Handkerchief please contact Colchester and Ipswich Museum Service.

My thanks to the teachers and students who kindly gave me time and brain power.

Braeside Academy                  Westfields Primary School                  New Rickstones Academy

Cathedral School                     Wethersfield Primary School              Honywood School

Notley High School                  John Bunyan Primary School

Maxine Jones of Girlguiding UK