Women of Castle
This commissioned project is a study of the female social history of Durham Castle. The Castle plays host to the oldest college in Durham University's history (University College), which has been active since 1837, but has only welcomed women to study since 1987.
My proposal was to embed myself within the community of Castle and uncover forgotten or hidden histories, find stories to tell and discover and champion the female individuals who have existed on the periphery of Castle's history, both in the past and in the present. My research has brought me to some fascinating places and after amassing ostensibly one of the largest contemporary archives of Castle to date (over 30 hours of recorded conversations/stories and interviews, over 150 transcribed pages of interviews and more than 3000 photographs), it became clear that I had rather a lot to work with.
The culmination of this research project will be exhibited within the Castle itself on October 22nd 2021. Exhibited works include the Photographic Lightboxes, the First Ladies Flag and an Alternative Castle Tour, which can also be viewed below (subtitles coming soon.)
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