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Major Event, Sat 9 Mar 2019, free entry

Snapping the Stiletto

Snapping the Stiletto


In honour of International Women’s Day, we are working with the University of Essex to host this one day celebration of strong Essex women.

This FREE festival will share inspiring stories of local women from the last hundred years and explore this issues that continue to affect us today. It includes talks, craftivism activities, film screenings and displays.

The day includes presentations from across historians from across Essex, exploring the lives of suffragettes after winning the vote, pioneers in the workplace and modern campaigner. We will be looking at everyday women, as well as those who became well-known, such as the author Margery Allingham and social activist Mary Whitehouse.

There will also be a range of craftivism activities tackling period poverty, body positivity and women’s rights.

We will be sharing more detailed information about the programme over the coming weeks, but contributors include:

Professor Pamela Cox (University of Essex))
Dr Susan McPherson (University of Essex)
Professor Katharine Cockin (University of Essex)
Southend Museums
Colchester and Ipswich Museums
Essex Record Office
Stitch and Bitch Colchester
The Dangerous Pockets Project
Signals Media Arts Centre
The Women’s Equality Party
The Townswomen’s Guild
The Women’s Institute
The Girl Guides

Although the event is free, places are limit so we do ask that you book in advance.

PLEASE BE AWARE that the day will be exploring some adult themes and may not be suitable for under 16s.

You may also be interested in our fringe event on Sunday 10th March. “Women of Colchester” is a free guided walk, led by local Blue Badge Guide, Josie Watson. More information can be found on our website

Cash PointCoach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsPicnic siteRegional Tourist Board MemberWelcome HostAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitalityHelicopter landing

Parking available.

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 9 Mar 2019 10:00 to 16:00


Free entry

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Wivenhoe Park,


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Map reference: TM 027238  Lat: 51.87592 Long: 0.94333

By Road:
If approaching the University from London and the South via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester Central. If approaching from Ipswich and the North on the A12, take the exit marked Colchester. Follow the signs to the University. Once on campus you should follow the signs to the Visitors Car Park. You may park in any of the car parks providing you are displaying a valid parking permit. Disabled parking is available in the Visitors Car Park

By Public Transport:
Local Buses:
The University is served by the following Firstgroup buses:
From Colchester Railway Station: 78 and 78A to Valley Road;
From Colchester Bus Station: 74, 76, 77, 78 and 78A.
Ask for the 'South Courts stop'.

By Train:
Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester (North Station) at approximately half-hourly intervals; the journey takes under an hour. Services also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe, Harwich and Clacton/Walton

By Taxi:
There are taxi ranks at Colchester North Station, Colchester Bus Station and in the town centre. The journey to the University normally takes about ten minutes and you should ask for the University Visitor's Car Park.

Parking: free


  • Cash PointCash Point
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Helicopter landingHelicopter landing

Parking available.