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We are a registered charity delivering arts and education projects in Richmond and beyond. We welcome volunteers to carry out our projects.

We created the exhibitions:

HOW THE VOTE WAS WON for the Museum of Richmond in 2010 which attracted over 5000 visitors. The project also involved restaging the play 'How the Vote was Won' at the Orange Tree Theatre with a discussion about theatre and the Suffragists. Also publishing an associated book- 'Art, Theatre and Women's Suffrage' and organized talks with speakers such as Dame Shirley Williams and a guided historical walk around Richmond. The project was funded by HLF for £50,000. see

in 2013 which was held at the Stables Gallery, Orleans House in association with Arts Richmond and the Eel Pie Club. The exhibition curated by Michele Whitby attracted over 6000 visitors. This project also involved publishing a book, 'The British Beat Explosion' which was voted Best Book on the Blues in 2014, making a film called 'Rock n Roll Island', which won 4 awards and is due to be broadcast on BBC4,  music gigs, workshops and film screenings. see more at

The project was funded by HLF for £70,000 and the photo archives which we digitized and the memorabilia and other material gathered for the exhibition has formed the collection for the new Eel Pie Island Museum in Twickenham.

HOW THE VOTE WAS WON TOURING EXHIBITION 2018 - shown at The Exchange, Twickenham and several museums, libraries and theatres in south east England. In conjunction we republished a 1915 suffrage cookbook titled 'The Original Suffrage Cook book' ed L.O. Kleber which was featured in 'The Guardian'. see film trailer here:

We also created:

THE GREEN TEEN COOKBOOK project with teenagers in Richmond and Kingston.

SIGHT/UNSEEN Drama Conference with Asian theatre practitioners at Goldsmiths University, four other universities and Tara Arts in Earlsfield.  In conjunctiion we published the first ever collection of plays from British East Asian writers.See film trailer here:

THE VIRGINIA PRIZE FOR FICTION - a biennial competition to develop and publish the work of emerging women novelists - now in its 10th year. Enter the competition here:

Current projects:

VIRGINIA WOOLF IN RICHMOND - a new book and a campaign to raise funds for a statue on Richmond Riverside. 

View our film about the campaign for a statue of Virginia Woolf. 

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THE APHRA AWARDS -  a new award for women playwrights to be launched in 2020.

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Our sister company Aurora Metro Books works in association with the charity.

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