An exhibition celebrating the amazing women of Chesterfield and telling their extraordinary stories.
Chesterfield Museum is celebrating the lives of local women who have made a significant contribution to their communities and the country overall.
The exhibition features the lives of many inspirational women, including political campaigners such as Emma Miller and Barbara Castle, and the story of suffragette Winifred Jones.
Visitors can also learn about Florence Robinson, who ensured that Robinsons had some of the best working conditions and work social facilities in Derbyshire. The exhibition also explores the story of Violet Markham, hero of social welfare, educational reformer and political pioneer, who became the first female Mayor of Chesterfield.
Not to mention all those amazing women who were central to education and health, and those who made their mark in business and culture.
The exhibition also includes the story of the ladies’ football tournament – which took place during the First World War – possibly the first of its kind to be played anywhere in Britain.
Hands on Activities
- Can you complete the Timeline challenge – place famous women from history, from Boadicca to Malala Yousafzai, on the correct dates in the timeline.
- Can you write a Haiku – a short poem of just three lines but each line must have a set number of syllables. Or try an acrostic poem where you write a word vertically on the page and each line of the poem begins with the letter you’ve written.
- Have a go at table football – how many goals can you score?
- Sort out the suffragette jigsaw.
- Try the amazing women quiz on our touchscreen.
- Have a go at designing your own sash or badge – or both!
- Follow our trail around the extraordinary women exhibition.
The Museum is free to enter but donations are gratefully accepted.