Women of Sutton House

To mark the centenary year of some women winning the right to vote, I led a project to create new interpretation¬† highlighting the stories of some of the women from Sutton House’s 500 years of history. I worked with our archive and research volunteer Jean Colson to write the text, and drew inspiration from our collection of Victorian silhouette portraits to design the visuals. The panels were printed onto fabric banners and hung around the house, in historic rooms loosely related to the period of history explored in the text. The panels looked into the lives of Ellen Sadleir, Ursula Machell, Mary Beale, Mary Tooke, Sarah Gay, Eliza Temple, Tudor servants and the 1980s squatters.

The introductory panel to the Women of Sutton House exhibition
The five 19th century silhouette portraits in the Victorian Study, part of the Sutton House collection
Tudor servants panel in the Tudor Kitchen

With huge thanks to Sam Latham at South East Signage for being so accommodating with this bespoke printing project.

Squatters panel in the Squatters’ Room