Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines

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It has been an honour to be the official filmmaker for Hertfordshire’s Hidden Heroines. Discovering, celebrating and presenting stories of pioneering Hertfordshire women.  The project is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and run by Trestle Theatre Company.


As well as celebrating historical pioneers, it has be very inspiring to interview some present day Herts Heroines including the following amazing women. Here are a few quotes from their film interviews.

“If you’ve got a sort of vision for something and you can see something that needs doing, well, go for it!” – Dr. Mary Groves MBE Founder, Grove House Hospice.

“Aim, aim as high as one can, why not discover what’s possible” – Councillor Annie Brewster, Former Mayor and now Portfolio holder for sport, leisure & heritage, St Albans.

“If you believe in yourself, you have a vision, don’t get disheartened, speak to lots of other pioneering women and get involved” – Syeda Momotaz Rahim, Community activist & one of the first British Bangladeshi female councillors.

“I don’t think I regret anything because it’s made me into the person I am today” – Mayor Lynn Sparks, Welwyn Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

“Don’t be afraid of being different because in the end you bring something that’s uniquely yours to the table anyway” – Professor Janet Drew, Astrophysicist and Astronomer.

“I just went for it and as busses came along in life, I jumped on the ones I wanted. I knew what I didn’t want but I knew what I wanted.” – Vicky Farmer, Mother, Entrepreneur, Aviator.

Flying.00_06_35_13.Still004We filmed a wonderful group of adults with physical disabilities. The team created masks and acted out scenes from history involving heroines such as Boudicca. One of the participants told us:  “When I put on my mask it makes me feel magical”.Daylight club mask workshop-1Filming continued into several schools. Children prepared shows, artwork and monologues based on Warrior Queens like Boudicca, Groundbreaking Scientists including Eleanor Ormerod, Political activists and Suffragettes such as Constance Lytton and WW2 Bomber Pilots covering Lettice Curtis. Flying.00_05_41_18.Still006


Flying.00_02_01_16.Still007Filming include artwork produced by the dancers at The Old Town Hall Hemel Hempstead and the Hertford Museum’s fantastic Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines eight week exhibition.


NINJABLD_S001_S001_T007.MOV.22_18_12_06.Still003We asked people: ‘Who is your Hertfordshire Heroine?”. Many people said their mum, their teacher and their daughter were their heroines. It was really moving to hear people’s personal stories, to hear about the women that had inspired them so much.

The second film is in production and will be ready to share soon. It’s been amazing meeting so many inspiring people and working with the talented Hertfordshire Hidden Heroines team, Anna Reynolds, Joanna Scott and Emily Gray.


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