Image courtesy of Colchester and Ipswich Museums.
The festival is in partnership with the Body, Self and Family project at the University and will welcome the likes of Professor Pamela Cox (presenter of the BBC documentary series “Shopgirls: The True Story of Life Behind The Counter”) who will talk about ‘The Economist, Frank Zappa, and the Invention of “Essex Girls”’. Iona Farrell from Southend Museums will discuss local suffragette Rosina Sky and Adelaide Hawken. Ben Paites from Colchester and Ipswich Museum will talk about an anti-suffrage handkerchief monument that can be seen at the museum. Other talks will be from Signals Media Arts Centre and Girl Guiding North East Essex. Dame Helen Mirren has donated her shoes to the Snapping the Stiletto museum.
The event has also been funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund, the University of Essex, the Wellcome Trust and SHARE Museums East. Essex County Council Cultural and Community Engagement Department has received a total of £95,445 from the Esmee Fairbairn Collections Fund to conduct the Snapping the Stiletto project in partnership with museums across the county.
Snapping the Stiletto Exhibition
The two year project has been led by Essex County Council with 11 museums around the county to celebrate local women's lives and how they have changed since gaining the vote. It also aims to discard the "Essex Girl" stereotype.
Dame Helen Mirren has even donated her beloved 'stripper shoes' to the project, which Essex locals can visit at the Beecroft Art Gallery in Southend from July 6th to September 6th 2019. Click here to find out other dates and locations of the exhibition.
Revealing a range of inspirational stories from Essex women and how their roles have changed since first gaining to vote, the exhibition is a great opportunity to celebrate women's lives for International Women's Day 2019.