Exhibition runs 7th March – 10th September 2023 at Wycombe Museum.
Historically, women’s paid work has often been belittled and forgotten. This exhibition hunts down the hidden women’s work in Chilterns villages that formed a crucial part of the local economy during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Discover how the luxury goods made by these highly skilled workers contrast with the harsh reality of working long and poorly paid hours from their homes.
Hear stories of straw plaiting in Buckland; caning and rushing chair seats in West Wycombe; lace making in Great Hampden; and tambour beading in Holmer Green. Come to learn more about the crafts, women’s lives and their impact on the Chilterns.
With hands-on activities and a programme of events so you can take part.
This exhibition has been produced by Wycombe Museum in partnership with Chalk, Cherries and Chairs, and as part of the Chilterns Women’s Festival.
Hidden Hands: Women and Work in the Chilterns runs 7th March – 10th September 2023 at Wycombe Museum.
Entry is free.
Hidden Hands on the BBC!
Lead researcher Dr Helena Chance gives a great overview in this BBC interview with Babs from BBC 3 Counties, all about the exhibition, the Chalk, Cherries and Chairs International Women’s Day Conference and how you can get involved.
Wycombe Museum Galleries
Tues - Fri: 10am - 4pm
Sun: 10.30am - 4pm
Windsor Chair Cafe
Tues - Fri: Open 10am – 3pm
Sun: Open 10.30am – 3pm
Wycombe Museum Gardens
Tues - Fri: 10am - 5pm
Sun: 10.30am - 5pm
LOCATION & CONTACT