From 21 September – 18 October Cheapside will host an outdoor exhibition of women traders. It’s fantastic to have helped bring this exhibition to Cheapside. In the 18th century, as now, the Cheapside area was known for its luxury goods. Unlike now, most of those goods were made on the premises, and among the manufacturers and shop owners were hundreds of women milliners, fan-makers, silversmiths, and scores of other trades.
These women, all of whom were members of London’s livery companies, employed thousands more in their trades. Some of these elite employers produced highly ornamental trade cards to advertise their business, which are held by the British Museum. This outdoor exhibition brings them to the attention of a wide public and provides an entirely new light on women’s work in the City. For more information see:
The exhibition and project is supported by an ‘Inspiring London through Culture’ grant from the City of London, the British Museum, Cheapside Business Alliance, the Arts & Humanities Impact Fund, University of Cambridge andMetro Bank.
Talks and Events
City Women in the 18th Century, London Metropolitan Archives
Tuesday 17 September, 2019 from 14:00-15:00
Women in the Luxury Trades in
18th Century London
Goldsmiths’ Centre in Clerkenwell Tuesday 19 November, 2019
Paternoster Square Paternoster Row ,London EC4M 7DX
Sunday 29 September, 2019 from 10:30-11:30 Join Dr Amy Erickson (University of
Cambridge) on a tour of a new exhibition on the 18th century businesswomen of
Paternoster Square, Paternoster Row, London EC4M 7DX
Sunday 6 October, 2019 from 15:00-16:00 Join Dr Amy Erickson (University of Cambridge) on a tour of a new exhibition on the 18th century businesswomen of Cheapside.