8 March 2017

International Women’s Day: Intrepid women travellers

This International Women’s Day celebrate and be inspired by amazing women travellers including Elizabeth Fox Tuckett, Ellen Tanner and Adela Breton.

Adela Breton pictured sitting on a horse next to her guide Pablo Solorio

Adela Breton and her guide Pablo Solorio

This informal and celebratory night is the perfect opportunity to mingle, meet others and be inspired by the adventures of Victorian women travellers.

There will be opportunities to see original objects and talk to our team of curators and experts.

Ticket includes a glass of wine and exclusive viewings of the Adela Breton exhibition and Egypt Gallery.

Confirmed speakers:

  • June Hannam from the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network will be giving an introduction to the evening. June is Professor of Modern British History (Emerita) at UWE. Her research and publications have focused on feminist and socialist politics in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Alan Freke from Frenchay Village Museum will be talking about Elizabeth Fox Tuckett – the nineteenth century author, artist and traveller.
  • Jean Burnett, author of Vagabond Shoes will be talking about her new book A Victorian Lady in the Himalayas which is the edited diaries of Cornish woman Maria Caroline Bolitho who crossed the Himalayas on horseback – and was the first European women to see ‘devil dances’.
  • Jane Howells from the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network will be talking about Rose Pender, the author of two travel books describing journeys to Africa (1878) and North America (1883).
  • Kate Newnham, curator at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, will be talking about the traveller and collector Ellen Tanner. Ellen was an amateur archaeologist who travelled through Persia in the 1890s collecting textiles, including embroidered and woven goods. Much of her collection is now held at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.
  • Sue Giles, curator at Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, will talk about Adela Breton who worked at archaeological sites in Mexico making full-size colour copies of the ancient ruins.

Organised in partnership with the West of England & South Wales Women’s History Network.

Additional information

Concessions are available with proof of identity for 16-18 year olds, students, people over 65, unemployed people, disabled people (carers free), Friends of Bristol Art Gallery and Friends of Bristol Museums, Galleries and Archives