Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Trestle Theatre Company. During 2015-2016 we will discover, celebrate and present the stories of pioneering Hertfordshire women including:

- Warrior queens like Boudicca
- Ground breaking scientists like Eleanor Ormerod
- Spies like Elizabeth Poston
- Political activists and suffragettes like Constance Lytton
- WW2 bomber pilots like Lettice Curtis
- Anti-marriage campaigners like Christina of Markyate

And many more…

But we also want YOUR stories! Do you know- or are you- an inspiring woman with a Hertfordshire link whose story should be told? We want all sorts of stories so that we can build up a wealth of heritage materials about the women who lived – and still live- extraordinary lives in our county.

The project will visit local primary and secondary schools and community organisations in Hertfordshire, and we will create:

- An exhibition at the Hertford Museum
- A film
- A book
- Recorded histories of modern-day Herts heroines, to be stored forever digitally so no more stories are lost
- A community show to celebrate our local heroines, past and present.

Meet the team

About Trestle Theatre Co.

Trestle is a mask and physical theatre company, with a highly regarded arts education programme. As a charity, our mission is to engage children, young people and adults in creative activity, which aims to enhance the cultural quality of their experiences.

Trestle has been making innovative and inspirational physical theatre and participation projects since 1981. All of our work is influenced by full and half mask; however, over the past decade, collaborations with artists from India, Spain, Eastern Europe and Africa, along with our partners in the UK, have inspired the evolution of the work we create.

Trestle is one of the leading providers of school workshops, teacher training and participation programmes in the country. We run mask, half mask, physical theatre and bespoke workshops, projects and residencies nationally and internationally.

Trestle Arts Base in St Albans is home to Trestle Theatre Company, from here we support the development and performance of new, high quality, professional productions. There are weekly classes, community events and meetings, as well as spaces for performance research and development.

Hertford Museum

Hertford Museum has been collecting and interpreting the heritage of East Hertfordshire for over 110 years. Our extensive and diverse collections range from archaeology and social history to ethnography and the collection of the Hertfordshire Regiment. Our currently all female team continue to collect, preserve and interpret for future generations including our extensive collection of oral history recordings. Hertford Museum is a registered charity and independent accredited museum, supported by Hertford Town Council.

More information can be found at www.hertfordmuseum.org

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