Exploring Women's History as part of your HLF Project

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Hello Online Community,

Today twitter is a-buzz with people highlighting inspiring women to celebrate Women’s History Month and International Women’s day and  I thought, what a great day for our Online Community to start talking about how heritage projects (throughout the year) can uncover and celebrate women’s history.

Here are some great projects in the East of England that are doing just that!

Norfolk Museums have been awarded a grant for their Olive Edis - Britain’s First Official Female War Photographer project.

Signals Media Arts have just completed their Essex Girls - women's history in Essex project.

I’m sure there are loads more fab examples out there and it would be great to find out more about them here.



  • Olive Edis, Norfolk Museums, Cromer Museum
View Sally Page's profile Sally Page Mar 8 2016 - 3:04pm
  1. Hello,

    I was lucky enough to attend the opening of the Watts Gallery studios in Compton in Surrey this year. It was the home and workplace of the great Victorian painter G F Watts - and also his wife Mary. She was an accomplished artist and something of a social reformer (as well as being 32 years younger than her husband!) but her story hasn't really been told, until now.

    There's a good blog here if you want to find out more about Mary's interesting life: http://bit.ly/HLF_MaryWatts.


  2. View Katie Allen's profile Katie Allen
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  3. In the East Midlands HLF supported Mantle Arts to explore the amazing life of Edwardian parachutist Dolly Shepherd - she undertook the first mid-air parachute rescue, drove munitions in France during the First World War and flew with the Red Devils parachute regiment in her nineties. 

    HLF funding supported a Leicestershire community to  research and record a radio drama based on her life. You can read more about the project on the organisation's website.

  4. View Sarah Burgess's profile Sarah Burgess
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  5. Hello everyone I'm the Heritage Project Officer for England Netball and we are currently running a HLF Heritage Project as it is England Netball's 90th anniversary this year.

    Our heritage website includes stories on many inspiring women in netball history: 


    HLF have also published a blog post about the project, with examples of just some of the amazing women who have links to England Netball. 

    We are always keen to add stories to our website so please get in touch if you have any and if you'd like to upload photos or stories to our website please go to the 'Get Involved' section to do so, also if you'd like to get in touch you can email me directly: Helen.Tyler@england.netball.co.uk

    I'd also just like to thank HLF for their support, our project would not have been posible without it. 

  6. View Helen Tyler's profile Helen Tyler
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  7. Hello! I have just come across this blog post via some late night early morning cross-searching and researching on my hobby come voluntary ‘full time’ job on: The Life and Times of Potters Bar Born: Miss Dolly Shepherd (1886-1983) – The Pioneering Edwardian Lady Parachutist, I came this way via a previous comment on this page concerning Dolly Shepherd. 

    There is currently an exhibition on (April to July) at the Hertford Museum,(UK), and I was luckily enough to attend the exhibition launch in April as I was kindly asked to be interviewed for a film to talk about my ‘Herts. Heroine’: Miss Dolly Shepherd, who also takes her place in the exhibition.  I moved to Potters Bar in 2014 and since finding out about Dolly Shepherd purely by accident in August 2015, I have found that this Guinness World Record Holder is not widely known of in the place of her birth or where she grew up in New Southgate, it is as if the hands of time have almost forgotten her.  I know some know of her here, however many do not.   I feel the people of Hertfordshire and the surrounding areas, should feel really very proud about this 2016 exhibition as I hope it will keep shining a light on all the lives of these women again, some more well known than others, some who did not feel worthy to be part of the exhibition. These are all Women from the Past, Present who will hopefully go on to will inspire the next generation, by bringing their life stories to a wider audience. 

    Through my Dolly Shepherd re-search it has taken me on a journey and has shown me there is so much more to her life than meets the eye: From her parachuting days– To her First World War work in the UK and France then in the Second World War on the Home Front and during this time even having news articles written about her war effort – A Totally Amazing Woman.  It is just sorrowful her autobiography is now out of print.  I could never have imagined this journey I have had so far and it is one I will never ever forget and one that keeps developing and changing day by day.

    A BIG Thank you to HLF and to all of you who put on these types of projects and exhibitions for the people like me to learn and develop ourselves - I am 'No Trained History Expert' however I have learned so much along the way and my enthusiasm grows and grows day by day for ‘My Dolly Shepherd Journey’.  Kind regards - Debra.

  8. View Debra Wallace's profile Debra Wallace
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