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This discussion event focuses on ways of using the biographical resource of the Plymouth Powerful Women Project. It is hosted by Literature Works – the South West’s regional literature development agency – and showcases a major upcoming event, the premiere of Laura Horton’s play, ‘In Her Footsteps’. The current Plymouth Laureate of Words has drawn on the work of the PPW project in creating a community resource legacy highlighting a selection of women who, 1919-2019, have made a significant contribution to shaping today’s Plymouth.
Led by the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum in collaboration with the University of Plymouth’s CHEx team, based in the School of Society and Culture, the Lottery-funded project has researched and created a biographical database, which provides a legacy resource to be consulted and utilised by the Plymouth community, in order to raise the public profile of Plymouth’s heritage of powerful women – those who have made a difference to their communities and the city as a whole.
On 8 March 2021, International Women’s Day, a Plymouth Powerful Women Trail was launched, supported by an app available on the city’s Plymouth Trails site. Focused on the Hoe, it provides not only an interesting trail in its own right but also, a model for future trails in Plymouth.
On 8 March 2022, the University of Plymouth will host the premiere of ‘In Her Footsteps’. This discussion event provides an opportunity to hear more about how Laura Horton was first inspired by the Trail to contact the Project leaders (Penny Tarrant, Chair of the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum, Judith Rowbotham, of the University’s CHEx team, and Kim Stevenson, who developed the trail with Hannah Pooley from the City Council). There will be an opportunity to learn more about the heritage interests of the Hoe Neighbourhood Forum from Penny Tarrant, about Judith Rowbotham’s research into the last century of Plymouth Powerful Women, and about Kim Stevenson’s work to convert that research into a walkable trail. But the key focus of the event is on the development of the play, with the event providing another opportunity to reach out to the local community and for questions to be posed, especially to Laura, about the nature and shape of ‘In Her Footsteps’.
This event represents a partnership between The Hoe Neighbourhood Forum, the University of Plymouth and the creative partnership (Literature Works, Plymouth Culture and The Box) which supports Laura Horton’s Laureateship in Plymouth. We would like to thank our funders: the ESRC Festival of Social Science, via the University of Plymouth and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, via the Plymouth Powerful Women project, and its lead, the Hoe Neighbourhood forum.
This is an online event hosted via the broadcasting platform Crowdcast. Audience members will need to save a free seat via the above link. The event will go live at 18:30 and will last for one hour. An event reminder will be issued ten minutes before the event. Please email Professor Judith Rowbotham (firstname.lastname@example.org) for enquiries.