Shelter in the Storm

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The inspiration of the project came from a display at the Museum of St Albans showing the lives/role of local women.  In order to highlight the contribution that women have made in the district, the project was devised in collaboration with the Education Officer and St Albans Arts Team. We focussed on those unsung heroines who have just coped or are coping in extraordinary circumstances, targeting two groups of resilient women, to tell their untold stories.  We chose:

• Elderly women and men who were children during the Second World War, from the Sharing Stories Reminiscence Group at St Luke’s Church, St Albans

• Local women who live in the Women’s Refuges in St Albans and District

• We also appointed an Artist, Flea Cooke, a tutor at the University of Hertfordshire

protective pouchThe 12 members at St Luke’s produced Victorian ‘pockets’, onto which images, words and memories were embroidered and transferred, as well as containing artefacts. However, due to the transitory nature of the women in the Refuge, we chose instead to produce ‘protective talisman’ and charms’, made from garden foraging trips. Attendance at these workshops varied, but was between 6 – 10 family members. 

Shelter in the storm posterA series of 15 postcards, illustrating all the work and words from the two groups were produced to accompany the ‘Shelter in the Storm’ Exhibition, with the logo ‘ordinary women coping in extraordinary circumstances’.  This featured in the Museum of St Albans from August – September 2012, moving to Trestle Arts Base and back to St Luke’s during Residents First Weekend in January 2013, with a complementary ‘Make Do and Mend Workshop’ at the Church.  Visitors to these exhibitions totalled around 3500.

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Date of last review: 10 March 2014