In eight weekly episodes of music, art and conversation, historian Patricia Fara and modern scientists will discuss the achievements and frustrations of Essex’s female pioneers. Two special editions in September will feature music, art and science created by local people over the summer.
Renowned author of The Blazing World, Margaret Cavendish (1623-73) married one of England’s richest aristocrats but dedicated her life to challenging scientific orthodoxy and the subjugation of women.
Dr Patricia Fara – Science Historian, Emeritus Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge
Amy Petts – Analytical Chemistry Technician and STEM Ambassador, Battelle UK
Isaac Newton praised her achievements, yet the poetry of multi-talented Elizabeth Tollet (1694-1754) expresses her resentment at being unjustly excluded from the male world of science.
A wealthy horticulturalist with a passion for roses, Ellen Willmott (1858-1936) developed her family garden into a world-famous botanical centre and funded international expeditions to discover new plants.
A meticulous observer, illustrator and collector, Gulielma Lister (1860-1949) was world-famous for her research into slime mould and her continual support of younger female scientists.
Florence Attridge (1901-75) spent her whole career with Marconi, winning a British Empire Medal after the Second World War for her classified contributions to developing radio spy sets.
Trained at Cambridge University, Beryl Platt (1923-2015) was a distinguished engineer and campaigner for female education who worked on fighter aircraft during the Second World War.
The World Premiere of a MegaSong written by Essex children with scientists from Essex & Suffolk Water and reflections on the history of women in environmental sciences from the county.
Essex Virtual Choir joins Patricia Fara for a celebratory perspective on women in Essex science, technology, engineering, maths, medicine and music through the ages.
For a flavour of what to expect visit our resource page to listen to the accompanying Minerva Scientifica podcast series Women of Science and Music: 30 Celebrations.
The Echoes from Essex festival has been created by the award-winning electric voice theatre, who have been bringing the stories of the UK’s forgotten female scientists to audiences across the country as part of ‘Minerva Scientifica’. Listen to Essex 2020 podcast #6 to hear Frances and Herbie from electric voice speak about the project.