Introducing the team: Anna Martin

27 Mar

Working by gender graph 2011At University I studied Media and Society, which led to an interest in museums, particularly exhibitions and interpretation.  Since graduating, I have worked as a Gallery Assistant at various museums and arts venues, and contributed to a number of exciting projects – in archiving, marketing, event coordination, artist and production assistance and installation.  I have sought opportunities relating to what excites me, and this led me to The Women’s Library, where I volunteered with the Audience Development team for about a year.  In May last year I was asked to assist Clare Rose, the All Work and Low Pay Exhibition Researcher, and it has been a fascinating journey.

The core of my work was to research statistics relating to the themes of the exhibition to compliment the timeline in the form of graphs and charts. Spanning over a century, the timeline documents the many significant political and social changes which frame the exhibition and provides an enlightening context to the incredible stories represented through the objects.

Rummaging through the collections at The Women’s Library and The TUC Library, Clare and I collected a huge amount of information on wage rates, hours of work, types of work, discrimination, childcare and career progression – relating to women of all ages, from many backgrounds and experiencing life from many different perspectives , from the 1800s to the present day.

Sifting through the figures, I pulled out the most interesting bits, converted a lot of shillings into the decimal system, and pieced the puzzles together in the best possible way to translate the information in the graphs that I was to create.  It was very important to us that through the graphics we could highlight the “wow” moments that we encountered during our research.Women as a proportion of executives- 1974- 2001

As a 25year old woman it was fascinating for me to delve into the way things have been historically but even more important to see, and show, how things have progressed.  I see the timeline and the statistics it carries as an extension of the exhibition that reaches into the future, representing the continuing and living importance of the themes of the exhibition.

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