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Women’s Weeds Installation Launch

Come join us for the launch of Women’s Weeds, an audio installation By Dr Romany Reagan, presented within our lovely Gardens Through Time.

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Come join us for the launch of Women’s Weeds, an audio installation By Dr Romany Reagan, presented within our lovely Gardens Through Time.  

Women’s Weeds tells the hidden histories of women in Medicine, reflecting on the role of gender in the European Witch Trials and The location of medicine in the home in 17th-century. The installation will also give voice to the invisible indigenous Colonial Healers behind 18th-century “Tropical Medicine”, and will conclude with the rise of the Female Voice in 19th-century botany and education. 

About Dr Romany Reagan

Dr Romany Reagan is an Arts Council England funded research fellow with Museum of the Home, studying the hidden histories of women in medicine, which will culminate with her installation ‘Women’s Weeds’. The installation runs until the end of September 2023.  

Reagan received her doctorate from Royal Holloway, University of London in Performing Heritage in 2018. Her practice-based thesis explored the layers of heritage within Abney Park cemetery, which led to a study of the occult literary heritage of Stoke Newington, ‘earth mystery’ psychogeography, and folklore.  

Since completing her PhD, Reagan has documented her ongoing research into lost histories and place-based folklore and legends on her blog, Blackthorn & Stone. She has two upcoming chapters on site-based heritage that will be published by Routledge and Heidelberg University Publishing in 2023/2024. Reagan lectures internationally at various heritage sites and museums as well as producing audio walks through various sites in London - her audio walks through various sites in London can be accessed on her SoundCloud.  

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More details to come

Date
Friday 7 July 2023

Time
6pm-8pm

Cost
Free

Location
Museum of the Home

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