A Woman's Place?

Close up of a section of the Thornhill wall paintings at Hanbury Hall, showing Achilles as modelled on Sarah Churchill

In 2018, to commemorate 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, we’re redressing the balance and bringing to light 300 years of untold stories.

" Women and Power will explore the complexity of the histories of power and gender and will give voice to the, sometimes hidden, lives and legacies of women who lived and worked across the special places now in the care of the National Trust."
- Rachael Lennon

Join us as we uncover these stories, from the real lives of the women who lived here, to those who feature in the artwork that grace the walls and ceilings at Hanbury. We’ll be taking a look at some of the issues that affected these women and asking how many of their struggles and issues are still encountered by women today.

The Gender Pay Gap

In Smoaking Room, discover more about the gender pay gap stretching back 300 years; from the huge disparities in servant’s pay in the eighteenth century right the way up to today when, nearly 50 years since the first equal pay law, women are still paid on average 14% less than men. 

Hanbury WI

Join our WI meeting in the Dining Room and weigh in on the many modern day topics up for discussion. Learn more about the historic views of Hanbury’s women and discover the incredible strength, determination and intelligence of those whose voices were so often silenced.

Rediscovering the Thornhills

Delve deeper into the mythological scenes depicted in Thornhill’s wall and ceiling paintings. Learn more about ill-fated Achilles and his mother Thetis’ struggle to protect him at all costs, the ongoing use of Medusa’s image within twenty first century media and uncover the powerful political statements hidden beneath these images.

The Hogarth Paintings

Upstairs, in the White and Tapestry Chambers take a look at two of Hogarth’s most famous works; ‘A Harlot’s Progress’ and ‘Marriage A-La-Mode’. These two series illustrate the darker side of humanity, casting a spotlight on a morally and financially corrupt establishment and what it means to be a woman within society.

From March, join us as we explore A Woman’s Place? at Hanbury Hall.