Women behind the Words

In 2018, to coincide with the centenary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave some women the chance to vote for the first time, our exhibition series Women Behind the Words celebrated the creativity and ambition of remarkable women.

Past & upcoming

‘This Girl Did’: Dorothy Wordsworth & Women Mountaineers
01.09.2018 - 23.12.2018

Dorothy Wordsworth was a keen mountaineer. This exhibition celebrates her accomplishments on the bicentenary of her ascent of Scafell Pike.

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In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl who wrote Frankenstein
05.05.2018 - 27.08.2018

This exhibition marking the bicentenary of Frankenstein’s publication, based on the book by Fiona Sampson, explores how Mary Shelley became the girl who wrote the famous novel.

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Dorothy Wordsworth, A Stitch in her Time
24.03.2018 - 29.04.2018

19th-century needlework, including Dorothy’s embroidered post bag and a harp-shaped needle case that delighted Wordsworth, will be on display alongside contemporary textile responses to them.

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Women’s Lives Through Letters
01.02.2018 - 18.03.2018

This exhibition explores the lives of the women closest to Wordsworth through the letters and journals that they wrote.

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