Join electric voice theatre to celebrate Essex’s splendid women of science!
In eight weekly episodes of music, art and conversation, historian Patricia Fara and modern scientists will discuss the achievements and frustrations of Essex’s female pioneers. Two special editions in September will feature music, art and science created by local people over the summer.
8 week programme:
Monday 10 August: Episode 3. Ellen Willmott: The Botanical Gardener of Brentwood
A wealthy horticulturalist with a passion for roses, Ellen Willmott (1858-1936) developed her family garden into a world-famous botanical centre and funded international expeditions to discover new plants. Join us for this celebration of Essex’s most famous plant expert and for the premiere of new work by Chelmsford’s own composer and artist Elspeth Manders, who has created music in the folk and madrigal traditions and a beautiful oil painting inspired by Willmott’s garden. Manders will join Dr Patricia Fara in conversation with an Essex botanist.
Monday 17 August: Episode 4. Gulielma Lister: Leytonstone’s World Expert on Fungi
A meticulous observer, illustrator and collector, Gulielma Lister (1860-1949) was world-famous for her research into slime mould and her continual support of younger female scientists.
Monday 24 August: Episode 5. Florence Attridge: The Secret Radio Pioneer from Chelmsford
Florence Attridge (1901-75) spent her whole career with Marconi, winning a British Empire Medal after the Second World War for her classified contributions to developing radio spy sets.
Monday 31 August: Episode 6. Beryl Platt: Baroness of Writtle and Aeroplane Engineer
Trained at Cambridge University, Beryl Platt (1923-2015) was a distinguished engineer and campaigner for female education who worked on fighter aircraft during the Second World War.
Monday 7 September: Episode 7. Water and Land: Splash, Burble, Gurgle, Whoosh
The World Premiere of a MegaSong written by Essex children with scientists from Essex & Suffolk Water and reflections on the history of women in environmental sciences from the county.
Monday 14 September: Episode 8. Women of Essex: Forgetting to Remember
Essex Virtual Choir joins Patricia Fara for a celebratory perspective on women in Essex science, technology, engineering, maths, medicine and music through the ages.
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