Risk Takers and History Makers - Celebrating the voices of the Women of Bedford

Women holding a sign
People involved in Risk Takers and History Makers

Heritage Grants

Bedford, East of England
Bunyan Meeting
The stories of four Bedford women are being celebrated, with workshops and an exhibition.

Risk Takers and History Makers is a partnership project exploring Bedford’s hidden heritage. It will connect schools and the local community with John Bunyan Museum, Panacea Museum and local history organisation The Bedford Chronicles.

The partnership is discovering the stories of four women: Elizabeth Bunyan, Dorothy Osborne, Ellen Oliver and Pearl Thompson. Over a 300-year period they each fought and struggled against society, social norms and government, for justice or their faith or beliefs. The stories of these four women are little known in Bedford’s community, and the project will help raise awareness of their heritage.

A series of eight workshops for schoolchildren will help them to learn about these important women and will include film-making, collage, tapestry, music, books, paintings and digital projections.

The materials produced by the schoolchildren will form an exhibition across both the John Bunyan Museum and Panacea Museum.

Find out more on this YouTube film.