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Saffron Walden Museum celebrates the women of Uttlesford

Saffron Walden Museum held a special event on Tuesday 20 March to celebrate the women of Uttlesford.

Women of Uttlesford

The event was held as part of the museum's celebrations of Women's History Month and the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

Women from Essex Women's Institute groups, Saffron Walden U3A and others joined the museum for a creative workshop, where they made fabric collages based on a suffragette collage in the museum's collection. The museum provided biographies of historic local women that were used as inspiration, including Ruby Hurn, a violinist with Sadler's Wells Opera from Audley End, and Gertrude Baillie-Weaver, a suffragette and animal activist from Newport.

Leah Mellors, Collections Officer at the museum said "We wanted to hold an event that recognised the fantastic contribution that women have made to this district over the past 150 years. It was wonderful to see how the workshop participants took the stories of these women and transformed them into creative, quirky and unique collages. We'll be keeping some of the collages for the museum's permanent collection"

In addition to this event, the museum has created a display of suffragette material to mark 100 years of women's votes. The display includes a Holloway brooch, awarded to a suffragette who was imprisoned for her actions, and flyers for events held by the Saffron Walden Women's Suffrage Society. The display can be seen in the museum until 4 April.

For more information see the museum's website at, or call 01799 510333.

21 March 2018