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New community exhibition in partnership with HERSTORY.YORK to open at York Castle Museum

DATE: 28 February 2022

100 Women Changemakers

Opens 9 March 2022

York Museums Trust are excited to be partnering with community history project, HERSTORY.YORK (herstoryyork.org.uk), to bring a new exhibition to York Castle Museum. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and York Rotary, the exhibition will open during York International Women’s Week. It will celebrate 100 inspirational women who, from 1918 to 2018, have made a difference to the city of York and whose stories have not been told or only partially told. This will be showcased through a series of stories, images, community loans and related objects from the York Museums Trust collection.

The partnership between HERSTORY.YORK and York Museums Trust began last year as the Trust was keen to support the local project with its historical research. This new exhibition will allow visitors to experience the vast and insightful research in a dynamic and inspiring way as part of their visit to York Castle Museum.

Philip Newton, Community Engagement Researcher at York Museums Trust said: “We are honoured to be working with HERSTORY.YORK on this exhibition and are proud to bring such a meaningful and inspiring display to our visitors. The HERSTORY.YORK project is an amazing resource, and one which will be treasured for generations to come. We look forward to seeing our partnership with HERSTORY.YORK grow, and hope visitors can enjoy, learn from and be inspired by the community led research that’s gone into the project so far.”

Kate Hignett, Founder, HERSTORY.YORK, said:The history of York is full of fascinating tales, but far too often it is focused on stories about men, told by men. Few women appear in general history books about York compared to men (about nine men to one woman). It’s mainly His Story. The HERSTORY.YORK project is neither exhaustive nor definitive in scope, it simply aims to make more women’s stories known and celebrated.”

The women celebrated in the upcoming exhibition have made a difference to every aspect of life in York by their work in the community, the arts, business, education, health, law and criminal justice, politics, religion, science, sport, media and charitable organisations. HERSTORY.YORK are working on: a walking trail with The Good Organisation; educational resources with local history teachers; a research guide with York Explore Library and Archives; and a book.

This exhibition opens on 9 March and is included with a general admission ticket to York Castle Museum. Book your tickets now at York Castle Museum.

To find out more about HERSTORY.YORK, visit HerStoryYork – Making invisible women visible.