Detail of Thomas Rowlandson's Vauxhall, 1785 ,© Gerald-Coke-Handel-Collection
First Amongst Equals

First Amongst Equals

40 Brunswick Square London WC1N 1AZ
16 Jan 2018 — 13 Jan 2019
  • Exhibitions & Displays
Remarkable women who have shaped contemporary British society choose objects that speak to them from the Museum’s Collection.

Spanning 300 years of social history, culture and philanthropy, selections will enable visitors to see the Collection from different perspectives, to make connections between the past and the present, and to reflect on women’s ongoing struggle for equality. Contributors, who have all achieved firsts within their respective fields, include: Maria Balshaw (first female Director of Tate); Moira Cameron (first female ‘Beefeater’, Yeoman Warder of the Tower of London); Baroness Hale of Richmond (first female President of the Supreme Court); Francesca Hayward (first black female principal dancer at the Royal Ballet); Carris Jones (first female chorister at St Paul’s Cathedral); Joanne Moore (first female tailor to have a men’s tailoring business on Saville Row); and Frances O’Grady (first female General Secretary of the TUC).

Starting in January, items will gradually go on display throughout the year. Look out for the purple labels throughout the Museum to discover the chosen objects.