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Anonymous was a Woman

An interactive seminar with women of wit, wisdom, & wonder.

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"For most of history, Anonymous was a woman…" - Virginia Woolf

Using actual and imagined letters grounded in our discoveries, come join us, listen and be inspired to write yourselves through a unique opportunity. Led by two exceptional Women of Wit, Wisdom & Wonder.

From Mary Wollstonecraft (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman) via Mary Shelley (Frankenstein), Ellen Terry (actor extraordinaire of late 19th and early 20th centuries), Edy Craig (theatre director, costume designer), Emily Wilding Davison (Suffragette) to women of the present day, research has led us to discover so much more than we are told.

Who would you write to? What would you say? What would you write to a woman of the future? Bring something that reminds you of a woman who inspires you (past or present).

Penni Blythe and Deborah Clair: Friendly Feminists write, act, sing, carry, inhabit and tell women’s stories, produce theatre, coach, educate, and reveal the reality of women’s lives then and now.

All welcome! Entry to the site is included in the price.



Event ticket prices

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All £15.00

The basics

Booking details

Call 0344 249 1895

Meeting point

Meet at the Barn Theatre.

What to bring and wear

Bring something that reminds you of a woman who has inspired you (past or present). Wear weather appropriate clothing.


The Barn Theatre is on the ground floor up a single shallow step.

Upcoming events


Behind the Scenes Tour: Museum Objects 

This exclusive out-of-hours tour will lead you through object highlights in the house.

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11 May to 14 Sep 2024
10:15 to 11:00
+ 4 other dates or times

Meet the Archaeologists 

Bring along your budding archaeologists to meet members of our archaeology team every other Sunday at Smallhythe Place.

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12 May to 15 Sep 2024
12:00 to 15:00
+ 9 other dates or times

Behind the Scenes Tour: Costumes 

Join our Senior Collections Officer in an exclusive peek into the iconic costume collection of Shakespearean actress Ellen Terry.

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18 May to 21 Sep 2024
13:00 to 13:45
+ 2 other dates or times

E15 presents: Macbeth 

East 15 Acting School performs a spirited and ensemble-led production of Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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24 May 2024
19:00 to 21:15