Women and Power in London

Our Women and Power programme marks 100 years since some women gained the right to vote. Join us for exhibitions across London revealing the histories of women from a range of backgrounds. These remarkable stories show how they shaped our places and the way we live today.

Muse to Maker exhibition at Red House

Red House, Muse to Maker exhibition 

From Jane, Jenny and May Morris, to Georgiana Burne-Jones, Elizabeth Siddal and Lucy Faulkner: the women in the Pre-Raphaelite circle have made a huge contribution to art, literature and history. Muse to Maker celebrates these legacies in the idyllic setting of Red House, the very home that was at the heart of their creative circle. With loans from the William Morris Gallery.

Three iconic women of Sutton House

Meet the Women of Sutton House  

Meet the law-changing, the bold, the revolutionary, the progressive, the anarchic and the ordinary, in this exhibition to celebrate the centenary of women first gaining the vote. From prolific 17th century painter Mary Beale, to school teachers and anarcho-punk squatters: uncover the stories of some of the remarkable women who have lived in, or left their mark at Sutton House over its rich and varied history.

Nursery children at Rainham Hall during the Second World War

Rainham Hall, Remembering women’s war effort 

During the Second World War, with many men away fighting there was a shortage in Britain’s workforce. The government set up nurseries to allow mothers with young children to go out to work. Rainham Hall was one of them, and in their current exhibition you'll hear from the women who played a vital part in the war effort.

The exterior of 2 Willow Road

2 Willow Road, Ahead of the Curve 

2 Willow Road is the creation of both Ursula and Ernö Goldfinger and home to a remarkable collection of works by twentieth century female artists, many exploring Surrealism. Ahead of the Curve is a National Trust partnership with Frith Kerr, an award winning designer, who has invited six contemporary female designers to respond to these artists.