Women of Iron

About This Project

Photographic exhibition ‘Women of Iron’ continues the MADE OF IRON theme of exploration and discovery.

This project, commissioned during the Wirral’s Borough of Culture programme, has captured the female workforce in Cammell Laird Shipyard during the summer of 2019.

The resulting photographs are a current interpretation of Tom Wood’s images (recently shown at the Williamson in 2018) which documented male workers when the shipyard was in decline taken during 1993-96. Young female photographers from Wirral working with Creative Youth Development and their creative partners, VidA Creative Learning were given unprecedented access to Cammell Laird during the construction of the RSS Sir David Attenborough and have created striking portraits of the women at work.

Working closely with both Cammell Laird and British Antarctic Survey, the young women have learnt the techniques of using film cameras, working on site with unfamiliar surroundings and gained the trust of their subjects to produce portraits that portray the women at work.

This project was delivered through support from the Borough of Culture by Creative Youth Development with VidA Creative Learning and is the latest part of the Made of Iron series exploring Wirral’s unique connection to shipbuilding.

Women of Iron will run from September 28th until November 24th and, like all of the Williamson’s exhibitions, is free. We are open Wednesday-Sunday 10am-5pm.

For more exhibitions at the Williamson, check our Exhibitions pages.


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