Raising Horizons: Portraits highlighting women in archaeology and geoscience past and present
30 April - 22 June
A photographic exhibition featuring fourteen portraits of contemporary 'trowelblazers' posed as their historic counterparts.
Pioneering British researchers have played vital roles in the development of the Earth Sciences, making discoveries that underpin our modern world. Together they account for an enormous variety of impacts on British life, from economic and urban contexts to natural and cultural realms.
Beginning around 200 years ago as the pursuits of mostly wealthy individuals, the related heritage fields of archaeology, palaeontology and geology evolved into the investigative sciences of today. While many of the renowned figures in these fields throughout the past two centuries are men who are rightly famous and celebrated for their work, there are huge numbers of largely unrecognised women who also made key contributions, right from the start.
Raising Horizons highlights the roles and contributions of women in the development of archaeology, palaeontology and geology. Their achievements range from discovering footprints nearly a million years old, reconstructing Antarctica’s lost forests, multi-media explorations of prehistory and training virtually a whole generation of archaeologists.
Fourteen portraits, posed by women working in the field today, depict an imagined moment in time from the life of a historical counterpart. Based on evidence including original photographs, memoirs, biographies and fieldwork diaries, the exhibition brings to life forgotten women from the past, whilst highlighting their continuing impact and legacy through their connections to today’s pioneers.
This photographic exhibition will take place in our Atrium Art Gallery in Poole House, Talbot Campus, from 30 April until 22 June, booking is not required. Open to all, free admission: Monday - Saturday, 10am - 4pm.
You can find more information surrounding the event on the Raising Horizons website. Information on how to get to BU is available on our website.
Interested in becoming an exhibitor?
The Atrium Art Gallery is available to exhibit your research, or work generated by your professional and personal interests. Contact the team for more information on how to book the space.
View our Previous art exhibitions page to see the variety of work which has been on display in the Gallery.