The collage animation draws on a museum’s Ironstone cottage, artefacts and archives to give a playful insight into a woman’s perspective of cottage life during the late Victorian and Edwardian eras. The experimental film explores the role of a housewife, drawing on research from women's experiences in Scunthorpe and nationwide.
This project was created during a six-month artist residency at North Lincolnshire Museum and supported by North Lincolnshire Council and Arts Council England through the Humber Museums Partnership.
The film also screened at Elysium Gallery, Swansea and discussed at BBC Radio Norfolk.
Music by Peter Richards.
‘Women didn't have careers. They got a steady job and then married and as soon as they were married, they did not go out to work. Work was a home and a husband. A good marriage, that was the best thing for a lass. I'll never know what that meant. Most of the women I saw looked tired out, shabby, discontented and hard up. I wanted more than that, more than a pinny and a dolly legs wash tub.'
Bette Vickers from Time to Pick the Flowers
"Tracy rose to the challenges of delivering an Artist in Residence programme during the first national lockdown for Covid-19, creating three fantastic artworks which we are proud to have on show in North Lincolnshire Museum and online. Each piece has interpreted the collection in a new and innovative way, whilst remaining accessible to audiences."
Rose Nicholson, Heritage Manager, North Lincolnshire Museum