The event, organised in partnership with the University of Essex, will bring together stories of inspirational women from around the county, as well as including a range of hands-on activities. Like the rest of the project, the festival is focussing on the hundred years since the Representation of the People Act 1918.
We would like to include as many people as possible in the event, so have launched our call for content. We are looking for:
20 minute presentations about individuals or groups of Essex women
8 minute “lightning” presentations
“Craftivism” art or craft activities
Introductory digital “maker” demonstrations
Display stands/exhibits for relevant organisations
Other – if you have an exciting idea that’s not included above, we still want to hear from you
More information and an application form can be found here.
The museum has been working very closely with Snapping the Stiletto volunteers to research women at the start of our hundred year period. In addition to trying to discover the identity of this mystery suffragette, stories being researched include that of Adelaide Hawken, who set up Southend’s first mother and baby clinic and Rosina Sky, a suffrage leader who ran a tobacconist shop in the town who refused to pay her business rates as she couldn’t vote on how they were spent.
Click here to find out how to get involved in this and other opportunities across the county.
We are particularly keen to highlight our events team, who will be helping to share stories like these at a range of displays and celebratory events over the coming year and a half. Monday 4th June is our first training day for events volunteers, although others will be scheduled soon if you can’t make it (including at least one on a weekend). For more information, click here.
We are planning to run more training sessions and events for project volunteers, covering a range of subjects such as research skills, handling museum objects, writing museum text and conducting oral history interviews. The sessions will take place at venues across Essex.
We want this training to be as accessible as possible, so want your views on when the best time is to run it. Please can you vote on the poll below, to let us know when you’d be available? You can choose as many options as you want.
Unfortunately, we will be dependant on when trainers and venues are available so we can’t guarantee that everything will be split exactly as indicated by the poll, but we will try our best!