A Woman’s Vision

Join us as we explore one of our most prominent female stories, that of Elsie Moore. A woman who expressed her aspiration and forged her own path in the heritage sector.

'A person of contrasts - charming in some ways, difficult in others'

Elsie Moore, along with her brother, took over residency of Greyfriars in 1949. After being saved from demolition, she set about working to restore the house to its former glory, finally donating the house to the National Trust for posterity.

This vision was not something new in Elsie’s life, she was a woman born in 1900 into a world were women did not have the vote. Her family were traditional and her mother aspired for her to help out in the home, but Elsie had other ideas.

Despite lost opportunities to develop her artistic talents and a struggle to get her work acknowledged, she pursued her dream to create artwork which depicted historic highlights around the country during the war. She shared her knowledge and passion of history with others and used her creative talents to undertake new artwork whilst preserving a piece of British heritage for future generations to enjoy.

Greyfriars at the heart of Friar Street
Looking down Friar Street with Greyfriars on the left hand side
Greyfriars at the heart of Friar Street


Explore her story:

This exhibition explores Elsie’s story; looking at her personal story, accompanied by her own objects, artwork and interactions with the professional world. We also invite you to delve further into her vision for Worcester’s heritage by exploring the work which bears her name in Greyfriars and that which is associated with her around the city of Worcester.