Surrey Women – Surrey Museums Month 2017
Surrey Museums Month is an annual event run by the Surrey Museums Partnership (SMP). Working with 43 of Surreys musuems and galleries, the SMP aims to educate the public on the hidden history of our county, finding new and exciting ways to share the museums’ collections with the public through events, exhibitions and activities held througout the year.
Each year the event focuses on a different theme from Surrey in 50 Objects to Trees. In 2017 the theme was Surrey Women for which we celebrated the lives and work of women in Surrey and their influence on key moments, discoveries, inventions, celebrities, trades & industries, arts & crafts, contributions to society in Surrey and further afield.
The event featured 20 Surrey Women and the stories of their lives. To find out more information about the lives and work of these significant Surrey Women see the links below.
Margaret Robinson (1920-2016) (left) was an artist, a puppeteer and a model-maker as well as a much loved local resident. She also has a worldwide fan base as a result of the models she created for Hammer Film, most noticeably The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Mummy.
Hope Sanger (right) came to England from the US before WW1. In WW2 she came into her own. Married and living in Send with 3 children, she was the supreme organiser. She ran the local WRVS, was Marshall of the rest centre, billeting officer and re-housing survivors of bombing and more.
Ada Lovelace (left) is recognised as the world’s first computer scientist. She is famous for writing a description of Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer the Analytical Engine and wrote programs for a machine that had not yet been invented by Babbage.
Dame Ethel Locke King (right) was a keen motorist and oversaw the completion of the Brooklands Motor Course. During the First World War, she had a key role within the Red Cross as Assistant County Director and Commandant of more than 12 hospitals, including her home at Brooklands House, Weybridge.
To find out more about the women featured in Surrey Musuems Month 2017 click the links below:
- Winifred Charlotte Massey – Respected Benefactor, Tutor and Artist (Ash Museum)
- Isabella Beeton – Author of Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management (Bourne Hall Museum)
- Dame Ethel Locke King (DBE) – Motoring Pioneer awarded DBE for Wartime Services to her county (Brooklands Museum)
- Margaret Robinson – Artist, Puppeteer and Model- Maker for Hammer Films (Chertsey Museum)
- Diana Barnato Walker – First British Woman to Break the Sound Barrier (Egham Museum)
- Ada Lovelace – The World’s First Computer Programmer (Elmbridge Museum)
- Fanny (Frances Anne) Kemble – Writer, Actress and Abolitionist (Elmbridge Museum)
- Helen Allingham – English Watercolour Painter and Illustrator of the Victorian Era (Godalming Museum)
- Gertrude Jekyll – Craftswoman, Local Historian and Pioneering Garden Designer (Guildford Museum with additional content from Godalming Museum and Surrey Heritage)
- Maude Egerton King – Founder of Haslemere Weaving Industry and Peasant Arts Movement (Haslemere Museum)
- Wilhelmina Augusta Baumann – Eminent Ladies Hockey Player and Administrator (The Hockey Museum)
- Dame Elizabeth Frink – Sculptor and Printmaker (The Lightbox)
- Flora Sandes – The Only British Woman to Serve Officially as a Soldier in WW1 (The Museum Of Military Medicine)
- Monica Gudge – Monica’s Land Girls brought in the Sheaves (Rural Life Centre)
- Hope Sanger – British Red Cross Award for Outstanding Service (Send and Ripley Museum)
- Dame Ethel Smyth – Musician, Composer and Suffragette (Surrey Heath Museum and Surrey Heritage)
- Grace Margery Isabella Reynolds (MBE) (Surrey Heath Museum)
- Rosette Savill (Surrey Heath Museum)
- Lucy Broadwood – Pioneering Folk Song Collector, Musician and Author (Surrey History Centre)
- Mary Seton Watts – Artist and Designer (Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village)