In the run up to International Women’s Day (Sunday March 8) students from Hove Park School will be taking part in a forward-thinking educational initiative to better recognise women who have helped shape our history.
THE project, created by art graduate Alice Wroe, uses an interactive art exhibition to teach pupils about women who have made significant contributions to history, but whose stories have been overlooked by the national curriculum.
Alice Wroe said: “I’m really excited about working with students from Hove Park School. The classes aim to promote critical thinking, develop confidence and provide young people with a more inclusive history in which to negotiate the world”.
The school’s involvement is part of Brighton & Hove’s first ever festival dedicated to women in history, which takes place on Saturday, March 14 at the Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton.
Participants will learn about the Brighton & Hove Suffragettes, the African Princess in Brighton, the women who inspired the Trades Union movement and many others who shaped today’s world but have been largely overlooked by traditional historical narratives.
The free event is open to all and runs from 10am to 6pm.
Hove Park pupils’ collaboration on the Herstory exhibition will be on display, and everyone attending will be encouraged to add their own responses to the work.
Catherine Jessey, Associate Assistant Head Teacher At Hove Park School added: “We’re really excited to be part of the Festival and to work with Alice. It will help us on our journey towards developing a generation of students who have a greater awareness of gender equality. This work will help them develop an understanding of different people’s experiences and perspectives, as well as the historical, social and cultural influences that have affected people in the past and which continue to influence gender relations into the future. We’re looking forward to sharing our work with the public as part of the exhibition and we hope you enjoy it!”
The festival has been organised by Free University Brighton, a project that creates free and accessible educational events across the City. The event will also features talks, walking tours, workshops, films, exhibitions and activities for children.
For more information about the Women’s History Festival and Free University Brighton, click here:
A crowdfunder page has also been set up to raise money for the Festival.
To make a donation to keep the event free and accessible to all, click here: