THE SUTTON AND WAWNE MUSEUM'S CURRENT EXHIBITION

[Autumn 2020 - Spring 2021 under Lockdown rules]

in association with
Frances Kelly & Liz Knight

funding for the main exhibiton in the Old School hall will be supported
by the Heritage Lottery Fund ;  funding does not involve this website

H E A D S C A R V E S

a taster to an exhibition

which we should have held
back in the spring of 2020 - but ....

as we all know, it was not to be.

However, it is hoped that we can still hold
this excellent exhibition of this fascinating
aspect of local social history in 2021.

Stories of Women’s work in Hull
                  in the 20th Century


“Sat talking about it – It’s like it was yesterday

We know that many of the jobs Hull people were employed in and the places they worked in have disappeared completely. Some industries are, rightly, celebrated and relatively well recorded.  Others not so much.

Many of these “others” just happen to be women, who worked on factory floors, on the docks, in stores and shops, teaching, nursing, caring, cooking, cleaning,  in admin and finance, and many other occupations, not to mention managing a home and often bringing up children.

The Headscarf Project is an attempt to capture something of women's experience of working in Hull in the last century, and in their own words. Men weren’t excluded and offered stories of their female relatives along with their own experiences.

So, from October 2019 till lock down 2020, we visited coffee groups, community groups, Drop-ins and invited people to tell us their memories and design a headscarf.

The memories and views are personal, reflecting individual lives. They were collected during lively conversations, and range from short comments right through to life stories. They illustrate good times and bad; work and family life are intrinsically linked.

It’s not a scientific survey, but we hope, as you read them, the stories give you some flavour of women's working lives and the attitudes that prevailed in the latter part of the 20th century.

We have had a great response and many who took part did design headscarves, some reflecting work, or family, patterns, or whatever their imagination dictated.


Why Headscarves?

No story of women’s work in Hull could be told without a nod of respect to 'Big Lil' and those legendary 'Headscarf Revolutionaries', coupled with the fact that head scarves and ‘turbans’ were a prominent feature in women’s working dress. We chose this as a symbol of their working lives; to represent the creativity and resourcefulness with which women deal with life!

As we say in Hull, “You just get on with it!”

But first, here we have a brief image of another
very famous headscarf, at least, to those that
can remember her . . . click this image!

Oh, yes we can, Girls!

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