A Celebration of Cambridge Women – Cambridge Corn Exchange 28 March 2023

It’s free and it’s on Tuesday 28 March 2023 at the Cambridge Corn Exchange – Register for free on Eventbrite here (it helps organisers plan for numbers).

In the above-image are Eglantyne Jebb (left) and Florence Ada Keynes (right) photographed by Palmer Clark and whose glass plate negatives are in the Cambridgeshire Collection. Volunteers from The Cambridgeshire & Huntingdonshire Family History Society (https://www.cfhs.org.uk/) transcribed over 40,000 records into a spreadsheet in the mid-2010s which enabled me to do some keyword searches of their spreadsheet and uncover some incredible photographs of several of the women who made modern Cambridgethat era of social reformers active between the 1880s-1930s.

I have provided some of the background notes for this show, which will also be accompanied by actors bringing some of the historical figures to life! This follows on from the 2018 centenary of the first votes for women, and will represent the start of a new round of Cambridge City Council-funded events celebrating the achievements of these forgotten heroes who I believe need to become central to our town and civic history – figures that new generations of Cambridge children and residents learn about and familiarise themselves with through things like school projects, performing arts, and public performances.

Cambridge City Council has been very lucky in being able to commission the services and talents of digital colourist, artist, and author Marina Amaral. Several of you will be familiar with some of Marina’s work featured in national newspapers as well as in her books such as The World Aflame and The Colour of Time, with Dan Jones. This is her first project for Cambridge City Council, and the quality of the colourisation she has produced is incredible.

So please come along to the Cambridge Corn Exchange, Wheeler Street (round the back of The Guildhall), Cambridge to see these incredible images in a large printed format for yourselves.

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