Her Salisbury Story was officially launched at an all day event at Salisbury’s Guildhall on Sunday 8 March, International Women’s Day. The project has been initiated by Soroptimist International of Salisbury and is supported by a £10K Heritage Fund grant.
In her speech officially launching the new project, Mayoress Carrie Walsh said: ‘As Mayoress I have been privileged to meet many inspirational women working in Salisbury: community project workers, charity workers and leaders, women in business, medicine and the arts to name just a few. Their backgrounds are diverse, their contribution to our city is a legacy to be discovered, acknowledged and shared. Over the coming months you will be able to learn more about all of these women and have the chance to nominate women you know and admire for inclusion in the heritage project.’
Following her speech, The Mayoress joined her husband Mayor Councillor John Walsh to take part in the first guided walk of the day ‘Her Salisbury Footprint’.
There were creative writing workshops, a creative banner making workshop for families and two pieces of musical entertainment. The Andover Museum Loft Singers brought a selection of folksongs traditionally sung by women from different parts of the UK and the Kate Edgar Singers sang a collection of songs celebrating women and their contribution to society.
This project, organised by Soroptimist International of Salisbury, aims to bring Salisbury’s heritage alive through the celebration of the lives of Salisbury’s women past and present. Over coming months project volunteers will research, investigate, write about and publish the true stories of the women of Salisbury.
Anyone with an interest can take part in the project or nominate women for inclusion by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.