The Vagina Museum is coming back but there’s also a new female-focused institution on the way
A new museum in London is always something to be celebrated but when it’s one dedicated to women’s history, there’s even more reason to get excited. Barking and Dagenham Council will be opening the Women’s Museum at Barking Wharf Square at the end of this year, which is linked to the local Valence House Museum and Archives, and which will support the empowerment of women and girls by serving “as a platform to showcase the history, heritage, stories and role of women from the local area and beyond.”
The building’s facade is currently wrapped in an artwork by Claire Mason, which features a timeline of local women’s history from 600AD to the present, highlighting the likes of Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Fry, Ethel Scott, Sandie Shaw and YolanDa Brown. Once open, the museum will be presenting an exhibition taking a feminist approach to the history of the Abbesses of Barking Abbey, and it’ll also run a girl’s empowerment programme with Arc Theatre.
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Opens late 2023
4-5 Barking Wharf Square, Barking, IG11 7DQ