News Maidstone Museum to celebrate International Women’s Day

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Maidstone Museum is celebrating the 2021 International Women’s Day by holding a virtual event on Monday 8 March.

The event will start at 6.30pm and feature a talk by Pernille Richards, Maidstone Borough Council’s Collections Officer, when participants can hear her reveal the lives of the ground-breaking women who created, collected or curated the Museum’s amazing collections.

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

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

“Things are very different this year, but the Museum’s team is determined to still recognise and celebrate International Women’s Day.  We have arranged this virtual event when everyone can hear 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 2021 campaign theme is #ChooseToChallenge focusing on celebrating women’s achievements.

Tickets for the Maidstone Museum IWD event are £4 per person and are available to purchase online at:  Maidstone Museum IWD

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