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In Search of Speed: Blanche Thornycroft

This week we celebrate International Women’s Day.

We want to share a story inspired by our current Isle of Wight Museums and Schools project. Blanche Thornycroft was one of the world’s first female naval architects and she lived and worked on the Island. Like so many women, her contribution to a well-rehearsed narrative from the past has been hidden away by history. Her presence is visible and yet invisible at the same time. In this story we reveal something of her brilliance by exploring her intriguing connection with a lake in Africa and a Hollywood film!

We continue to choose to do more. To ask different questions of historical evidence to uncover stories of pioneering people often marginalised and hard to find in official accounts. Individuals and communities who have gone before, pursued goals and made powerful contributions in spite of societal bias and barriers they have worked within, challenged and sought to change.

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