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Louisa Fennell, Wakefield Cathedral from Lower Kirkgate, 1900. Watercolour on Paper. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones
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Heritage Open Days 2018

8 September 2018, 11am - 3pm

Join us for a day exploring and celebrating the rich history of industry and culture in Wakefield, with unique insights from special guests.

This event takes place as part of with Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture.

Programme details are below.

John Hirst building, Wakefield Waterfront. Image copyright Wakefield Historical Society.

Forgotten Women of Wakefield: Louisa Fennell

Sat 8 Sept, 11am – 1pm, FREE, booking required

As part of the Dream Time Creative project Forgotten Women of Wakefield, The Hepworth Wakefield is pleased to co-host a very special event with Wakefield Civic Society and unveil a blue plaque to celebrate the life and work of Wakefield-born watercolourist Louisa Fennell (1847-1930).

Fennell painted many images of the city and places further afield while being active in the suffrage movement. Many of her works are held in the Wakefield Permanent Art Collection and a selected painting will be on display in the gallery.

A limited number of places remain. Please enquire at the welcome desk to book your place.

Event Schedule

11am: Welcome and Introduction to the Forgotten Women of Wakefield project
11.15am: Louisa Fennell’s life and work
11.45am: Reading from Forgotten Women of Wakefield participants
12pm: Break
12.15pm: Wakefield Civic Society
12.40pm: Unveiling by Mary Creagh and photographs

The History of Wakefield Waterfront

Sat 8 Sept, 2 – 2.45pm, FREE, booking required

Join us to explore and celebrate the rich history of industry and culture within The Hepworth Wakefield’s waterfront surroundings.

Led by Wakefield Historical Society, find out about the features that make the waterways around the gallery unique and significant within the development of the region as we know it today, along with events and innovations that took place within the waterfront’s many mill buildings. Combining archive images, factual explanations and anecdotal stories, Wakefield Historical Society’s introductions to the area have been developed through an in-depth research project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

In keeping with the themes explored throughout the day and Heritage Open Days’ celebration on Extraordinary Women, this talk will focus on the women that lived and worked along the waterfront.

Please enquire at the welcome desk to book your place.