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enfield making historyDo you know women who worked in industry and manufacture in Enfield?  If so, you could help artist Rachael Nee in a new lottery-funded project that she has just embarked on.  Rachael will be collecting stories and pictures that will contribute towards a new publication, website and exhibition - Enfield Making History - Women at Work: Then and Now.

Last month Rachael began a 12-week term as Artist-in-Residence at Building BloQs, located at Meridian Water, Edmonton.  Building BloQs is a not-for-profit open workshop space created to provide London’s freelance makers, small businesses and designers with the tools needed to establish and grow their careers.

The project is being run by ACAVA - the Association for Cultural Advancement through Visual Art and the Heritage Lottery Fund has provided £7000 of funding.

During her residency Rachael will be have periods researching at the Enfield Local Studies Library and Archive and the National Co-operative Archive in Manchester.  At Building BloQs she will facilitate two workshops for local people aimed at engaging them with the heritage of Enfield women's manufacturing history.  These hands-on workshops will explore relevant materials and manufacturing processes.

The residency will conclude with a public exhibition at the Dugdale Centre.

women at work then and now

Do you know women that worked in Industry and Manufacture in Enfield?

Enfield has a rich and important heritage in innovation and industry. Women's roles within this were vital but are largely undocumented.

Perhaps you, or a female relative; mother, grandmother or sister worked in industry, anytime from conscription in 1916 onwards?  For instance at Ediswan, Thorn, Ferguson, Belling and Lee, the Royal Small Arms Factory or one of the many others ?

Would you be willing to share histories, insights, stories, photos or film with me for a small publication and new website 'Enfield Making History'?

Your stories will also be the inspiration for an art exhibition and open discussion at the Dugdale Centre in January 2018.

The exhibition will include work made by local participants of making workshops held in Building BloQs.

About this Project

This project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and organised by ACAVA, an educational arts charity, and Building BloQs, a not-for-profit open workshop space for makers, small businesses and designers.

About me.

I am an artist with an interest in science and technology,

Enfield has some world firsts in innovation and manufacture. I am excited to research womens role in this and make some art!

You can contact me: Rachael Nee.  Phone: 07813 098811 email: .

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