Wessex Women

Objects on Tour programme, 2019-2020

Our four partner museums explored their collections and found objects that tell the stories of our region’s women – from intriguing and inspiring to truly ground-breaking.

Objects on Tour 

Each year, our four partner museums swap objects to tell stories of the region’s past.  The objects are chosen to fit a theme, which for 2019-2020 was Wessex Women. The objects are then displayed at each museum in turn, rotating every three months.  Each museum also offers talks and children’s activities based on the theme.

The story of a pioneering archaeologist - the ‘trowel-blazing’ Maud Cunnington (1869-1951).
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Find out about Granny Cousins (1847 – 1927), a 'knocker-upper' whose job was to walk the streets of Poole in the early hours to wake the workers.
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Pioneering sculptor, Elisabeth Muntz (1894–1977), moved to Dorset in the 1920s and sourced her stone from local quarries. She sold her work worldwide.
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Mrs Robinson moved to Wiltshire in the 1890s, and with her associate, Mrs Plumptre, helped preserve the local lace-making industry.
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Sawfish are also called carpenter sharks...but they are rays, not sharks!

There’s also a species called a sawshark, but that’s, well, a shark!

What the heck is a lek?

Males great bustards perform spectacular courtship displays, gathering at a ‘lek’ or small display ground to try to impress the females.

Road Runner!

The great bustard has a dignified slow walk but tends to run when disturbed, rather than fly.

Belly Buster!

The hen-bird on display at The Salisbury Museum was one of the last great bustards to be eaten in the town!

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