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From Sappho to Suffrage: Women Who Dared

From Sappho to Suffrage: Women Who Dared

This term, we are delighted to be involving Year Eight History students in the Weston Library’s forthcoming “From Sappho to Suffrage: Women Who Dared” Exhibition.

Through the Rumble Museum here at Cheney, twenty seven Year Eight students have been offered the exciting opportunity to work with Rosie Sharkey, Outreach Officer, and curators at the Bodleian Library, in order to create an alternative guide booklet for the exhibition. Over a number of sessions, the students have been choosing women from the exhibition to focus on, and preparing their material, as well as working with an artist to create the booklets on a “risograph” on the 10 March at the exhibition! This booklet guide will be available to visitors to pick up and use for the whole year that the exhibition is open. 

On Tuesday 6 March, the students got to see the Exhibition they have been working towards for the first time. With the very encouraging and helpful guidance from the exhibition's designers and creators, everyone was able to see how their chosen woman was being displayed at the exhibition, as well as to explore the fascinating and inspiring range of items which tell the story of pioneering women through the ages. Students enjoyed seeing the medals created for suffragettes, a beautiful replica of the Oxford Women's Suffrage banner, fragments of writing from the ancient Greek poet Sappho, and pages from a draft of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley!

There was also an activity to explore how to pair of display material items, and an opportunity to continue working on the designs and layouts of their own booklet pages with Rosie Sharkey, Bodleian Education Officer. We are very grateful indeed to all the Bodleian staff and curators who gave their time so generously to introduce this exciting and important exhibition to our students. 

This project is part of a series of events, exhibitions, workshops and projects which are being organised by The Iris Project over the coming months to celebrate 100 years of Woman's Suffrage. We have created a website which will feature all the many things which will be taking place, as well as displaying the material students have produced as part of the exhibition project. The website can be found at https://rumblemuseumsuffrage.wordpress.com/

Dr Lorna Robinson, Classics Centre