Launch of storytelling project about Swindon women in engineering history

A collaboration between Swindon Museum and Art Gallery and artists Emma Powell and Becca Lewis, the project will uncover and tell stories of everyday women doing exceptional things in the engineering history of the area.

The Small Victories artists are championing what is great about Swindon, as well as delving deeper to find the stories which are less celebrated and do not always get the platform they deserve.

Swindon has a lot of big engineering names, and Small Victories is a way of giving a voice to some of the very important smaller players in the town and area’s past.

The project is funded by Arts Council England and Swindon Does Arts.

The project begins with a research phase, working with local volunteers to help uncover fragments of stories in local archives.

Over October half-term, the artists will run free storytelling workshops for 11-16 year olds, using fragments of research to create characters, narratives and stories which explore the influence women have had on engineering in Swindon.

The stories will become the basis for a theatre show, which will be performed during February half-term, 2018.

The show will be a visual feast, using puppetry, sound and storytelling as the tools to bring the narratives to life.

Excitingly, the performance will take place in the main gallery of the museum and will be suitable for children, families and adults alike.

Booking information, including dates and times, will be available through Swindon Museum and Art Gallery’s website and on Facebook @smallvictoriesproject ahead of the events.