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International Womens Day

Fri 8th March 2024 to Fri 8th March 2024

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A display showcasing a diverse collection of artefacts and artwork associated with women from the museum collection. 

  • International Womens Day
Opening on Friday 8 March to celebrate International Women’s Day the selection on display has been carefully chosen to shed light on the historical women of Kent, accompanied by explanations of their significance.

The display features a fascinating array of artefacts, ranging from the Canterbury Pendant discovered in a local grave in 1982 to ancient cosmetic containers from Egypt and Greece. Alongside these artefacts, visitors will encounter a rich variety of artwork by female artists, prominently featured in the People & Places gallery on the first floor.

Notable works include those by Dame Laura Knight and Diana Olivier, whose art is inspired by the tradition of hop-picking in Kent. Their pieces are complemented by related tools, offering insights into the lives of women in Kent’s history. Additionally, commissioned artworks by Hannah Rose Thomas and Orianne Pierrepoint shine a spotlight on underrepresented communities within Kent, including Islamic and LGBTQ+ minorities.

As we honour International Women’s Day, our aim is to foster a more inclusive world for all women. Through the display of female-owned items and artwork created by women, The Beaney seeks to celebrate the diversity of historical women across Kent and the globe. We hope to inspire modern women to embrace their uniqueness and contribute to the ongoing narrative of women’s achievements and experiences.

Researched and created by Hannah Robson and Philippa Hornsby, Museum Interns 2023/24

Friday 8 March 2024

First Floor, The Beaney

Free admission, donations encouraged

Artefacts in exhibition case The Beaney Museum

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