‘Trowel Blazing’ exhibition on public display outside of London for the first time

April 25, 2017

Chester has been chosen as the destination for the first major showing outside of London for an important photographic exhibition that celebrates the achievements of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists.

‘Raising Horizons’ highlights the roles and contributions of women in the development of archaeology, palaeontology and geology. It was conceived by Leonora Saunders and developed in collaboration with TrowelBlazers,– an international group dedicated to encouraging participation of women in archaeological, geological, and palaeontological science- who ran a successful crowdfunding campaign.

Fourteen portraits, posed by women working in the field today, depict an imagined moment in time from the life of a historical counterpart, whose achievements range from discovering one million year old footprints to training virtually a whole generation of archaeologists.

The exhibition opened at the Geological Society in London, but has been brought to Chester thanks to a partnership between Big Heritage and the Grosvenor Museum. To cover the cost, several local businesses and societies have sponsored an individual portrait, including Chester Archaeological Society, Raise Architects, Donald Insall Associates, Kenney Moore, Chester Grosvenor Hotel , Phonemasters, Jo Jacques Health & Beauty  and EDIT Development.

CaptureDean Paton, founder of Big Heritage said: “This is an important exhibition which shines a spotlight on the achievement of women who reached the pinnacle of their field, despite the barriers they faced by simply being female. The archaeology of Chester is richer due to the foresight of brilliant women archaeologists. We are lucky as a city to still have outstanding female role-models in archaeology and geology including Professor Cynthia Burke who is the star of one of the photographs and a member of the University of Chester, so it is fitting that Chester has been chosen for the exhibition’s first public tour.”

The exhibition will go on display at the Grosvenor Museum from May 20th to June 4th.

The event will be complemented by an evening discussion on May 20th at 7pm on the role of photography in portrayals of gender and identity. This will see Chester based photographers Kat Hannon-Mayo and Sam Ryley explore this theme in conversation within the exhibition’s photographer Leonora Saunders . Tickets are available for free via Eventbrite.

More information on Trowelblazers here http://trowelblazers.com

More information on Leonora Saunders here http://www.leonorasaunders.co.uk

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