‘Women in Letchworth’ – special exhibition opens this Summer at the Community Museum

Today is International Womens Day, a year which sees the centenary of (some) women first getting the vote in the UK.

The team at the Garden City Collection have been busy working on their packed programme for the coming year, and it seems appropriate to choose today to announce a major Summer exhibition, ‘Women in Letchworth’, opening from July to September this year at Letchworth Community Museum, in The Arcade.

Letchworth Garden City has a proud history of fighting for the suffragettes cause, and its past is packed-full of passionate, inspiring, high-achieving women, who the exhibition will celebrate.

We’re excited to be working with Ursula Howard, great grand daughter of Letchworth’s founder, Ebenezer Howard, who incidentally was himself a proud member of the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage.  She is contributing information and images about her grandmother, Ebenezer’s first wife, Elizabeth Howard, who was a strong and supportive presence in his life and work.

Mainly drawing on the rich archives at the Garden City Collection, the exhibition will be packed full of objects and old photographs, celebrating Letchworth’s extraordinary (and ordinary) women, from poets to painters, factory girls to flappers, war workers to weddings, and secretaries to suffragettes.

The exhibition will open in July and run until September. For more information keep your eyes peeled in the local press, check back here, or seek out the Community Museum’s Facebook page.