Pioneer

For our latest project we are exploring the life of the inspirational Emily Langton Massingberd, women’s rights campaigner and former owner of Gunby Hall Estate and Gardens. The project is being supported by the National Trust and forms part of their 2018 year long celebration of Women and Power, marking the centenary of female suffrage.

We are planning to create an installation in Gunby Hall’s Orchard Gallery for August 2018 celebrating the spirit and achievements of this pioneering 19th century female, whose mark can still be seen around the Gunby Estate today. Founder of the first female members’ club, The Pioneer Club, social campaigner and ardent temperance activist, her time in Lincolnshire saw her narrowly miss obtaining a seat in the first County Council Elections in 1889, for which, as a landowner she was able to stand.

Ice House Pond, Gunby Hall

Gathering research material at Gunby Hall’s Ice House Pond