PORTRAYED! goes to Somerville College Oxford

On International Women’s Day, the Lots Road Group is proud to announce that Somerville College Oxford is to host PORTRAYED! 25 YEARS OF INSPIRING WOMEN from 10-12 March for alumni and invited guests in the newly re-named Mary Somerville room.

Two of the inspiring women sitters were educated at the college and Mary Somerville herself was a pioneering mathematician and scientist and, amongst other things, tutor to Ada Lovelace who worked with Charles Babbage on the forerunner to computers. She has been in the news as she will be the first woman to appear on a British banknote (Scotland £10) apart from the Queen. Hence the re-naming of the room.

The exhibition, which has been touring since May 2015, commemorates the silver jubilee of the International Women’s Forum UK and will be on display in the Mary Somerville Room at Somerville College, Oxford. It features four of the founders of the lWF UK and the first 12 chairs, including two Somervillians – Karen Richardson and Moira Black. Also featured are Celia Goodhart, a Visitor of Oxford University; Barbara Mills, the former DPP (LMH); champion racing driver Jean Denton, the first woman to hold a ministerial post at the Northern Ireland office; Barbara Hosking, former speechwriter for Harold Wilson; Rosalind Gilmore, private secretary to five Cabinet Ministers and veteran journalist Katharine Whitehorn.

The exhibition has supported the Institute of Directors’ diversity aims by accompanying the inaugural Mackworth Lecture in honour of visionary female leader. The lecture, delivered by former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, drew on her experience of leadership. It also was linked to Barclays’ support for the HeforShe mentoring campaign. Open to the public last year at The Chelsea Gallery and to alumni of The Heatherley School of Fine Art, where the artists trained, it also was on show in the foyer of KPMG in Canada Square.
If you missed it, you can see the exhibition catalogue here Price £17.29 +p&p.

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