A capital idea! | Comics highlight women's history in Museum Of London videos

A capital idea!

Comics highlight women's history in Museum Of London videos

The Museum of London has recruited five comedians to make a series of videos about the role of women in the capital’s history.

Samantha Baines, Jenny Bede, Jen Ives, Thanyia Moore and Leila Navabi have each created a short piece inspired by a different item in the museum’s collections.

Moore is first with a monologue about female bus conductors, released today to coincide with International Women’s Day.

She was inspired by a photograph from the mid-1970s – the first time London Transport officially employed women as bus drivers.


The other times chosen are:

A recruitment letter from Sainsbury’s seeking female staff to work in their shops during the First World War;

  • A postcard featuring the dogs of suffragette leader  Mary Leigh, who was a  drum major with the Women's Social and Political Union drum and fife band;
  • Commemorative toilet roll celebrating the history of women in the legal profession since 1919, when it became illegal to ban people from jobs based on their gender; 
  • A photograph of suffragette Dame Ethel Smyth who composed the campaigning song The March of the Women.

Future videos will be released each week during the current Women’s History Month.   

Published: 8 Mar 2021

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