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 (Courtesy of Chertsey Museum)

Margaret Robinson (Courtesy of Chertsey Museum)

 

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 (Courtesy of Send and Ripley Museum)

Hope Sanger (Courtesy of Send and Ripley Museum)

 

 

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 (Courtesy of Elmbridge Museum)

Ada Lovelace (Courtesy of Elmbridge Museum)

 

 

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 (DBE) (Courtesy of Brooklands Museum)

Dame Ethel Locke King (DBE) (Courtesy of Brooklands Museum)

 

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:


To find out more about the Surrey Museums Partnership and Surrey’s museums and galleries click here.