News Maidstone Museum recognises International Women’s Day

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The Maidstone Museum is recognising International Women’s Day (IWD), and celebrating the ground-breaking women who created, collected and curated the collections based there.

International Women’s Day is a global event which celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women.

A talk by Pernille Richards, Collections Officer, is due to be held at the Museum during the evening of Friday 6 March where attendees can hear about the background of the collections based at the Museum and the ladies who were behind creating them.

Evelyn Palmer, Maidstone Museum’s Public Programming Manager said:

This is a chance to relax with a glass of wine and find out about the amazing women working in what were very male occupations of the time. Hear about Marie Stopes, pioneer of women’s rights and birth control, but also an expert collector of plant fossils in Kent, many of which the museum now displays.  Find out about Sofonisba Anguissola, painter to the Spanish court of Philip II in the 16th century, whose work hangs in the museum’s Great Hall, plus many other often-overlooked women.

The first International Women’s Day gathering took place in 1911 and was supported by over a million people.  The 2020 campaign theme is #EachforEqual, focusing on how individually, people responsible for their own thoughts and actions - all day, every day.

Tickets for the Maidstone Museum IWD event are available online at:

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