Celebrating Herts’ pioneering women at new exhibition

Archaeologist Tessa Wheeler excavating at Verulamium

Archaeologist Tessa Wheeler excavating at Verulamium - Credit: Archant

Remarkable women from across the county will be celebrated at an exhibition throughout August at Verulamium Museum in St Albans.

Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines highlights the untold, lost, forgotten and often undiscovered stories of female pioneers. from the past to the present day.

It includes the stories of women who have lived or worked in Herts, made ground-breaking discoveries or chose jobs that were unusual for women of their time.

Highwaywoman, Katherine Ferrers, otherwise known as the Wicked Lady of Wheathampstead, and archaeologist Tessa Wheeler, who excavated Verulamium, are among the women featured in the exhibition which runs from this Saturday (30) until Monday, August 29.

The exhibition has been created in collaboration with Trestle Theatre Company and Hertford Museum and the women’s stories are illustrated with the help of Trestle’s masks.


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St Albans council’s portfolio holder for sports, leisure and heritage, Cllr Annie Brewster, said: “This promises to be a really inspiring exhibition about pioneering women from across Hertfordshire. Come along and find out about their wonderful stories. There are also plenty of activities taking place at Verulamium Museum this August that will appeal to children of all ages, including drama workshops and craft sessions.”

They range from holiday sessions based on Battling for St Albans, Digging for History and Conquering the Air as well as a drama workshop for seven to 12 years.

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Booking is required for the sessions, all of which charge a fee, and to reserve a place phone 01727 751810 or visit Verulamium Museum

The exhibition is free but there is a charge for entry to the museum for non-residents of the district.

To find out about all the events, go to the website or alternatively pick up a Museum News leaflet from the museum, local libraries or by calling 01727 751810.

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