Current Exhibition in the Moody Museum:
According to law in 1918 Women could not do the following
- Hold property on the same terms as men. Changed in 1922
- Serve on a jury. Changed in 1919
- Become an accountant. Changed 1919
- Be certain of equal pay for an equal job. Still working on it
- Be considered a person in their own right. Changed 1929
- Sit in the House of Lords. Changed 1958
- Work in the London Stock Exchange. Changed 1973
- Obtain a court order against a violent husband. Changed 1976
- Be single and get the pill. Changed 1967
- Get a legal and safe abortion. Changed 1967
- Report marital rape. Changed 1991
Women could be refused service in a pub until this law was repealed in 1982, however they can still be required to wear heels at work.
This year marks the 90th
anniversary of the formation of the Townswomen’s Guild, Romsey was one of the first places outside of London to form a guild which continued to run until 2010. The emphasis of the Guilds was to educated women, they were completely open and inclusive, a non-sectarian organisation keen to promote equality in an age of inequality. Amazing strides have been made in the last hundred years and the Townswomen’s Guilds have been behind many of the advances. They have been prepared to debate difficult issues and yet remain in fellowship with those of opposing views. Come and find out more about the work of this important women’s organisation with our new exhibition put together by Guild members from this area.
- An archive of past exhibitions from our temporary exhibition space:
WW1 - Romsey Boys and their part in the Great War
2 November 2015 - 30 January 2016
This exhibition focussed on the local boys of Romsey and the part they played in WW1. As well as details about where they were sent to fight and how many returned home, this exhibition also included poetry and letters written by some of the 1330 boys and men who were sent from Romsey and its surronding villages to serve either in the armed forces or merchant navy.
The Bare Necessities - an Exhibition on Underwear
1 February 2016 - 27 April 2016
This exhibition detailed the history and evolution of this basic but essential item of clothes wear from ancient times to the present day. The exhibition showed how a Victorian lady dressed for receiving visitors, and also explained how terms such as chemise, boomers and drawers entered the English Dictionary. Read our short summary of a talk by exhibition curator and historian Ruth King about the topic here.
Past Wealth in Romsey
5 May 2016 - 30 July 2016
Our current exhibition explores the former opulence of Romsey's great houses and their grounds including Harefield House, Elm Place, Highwood House, Belbins House, Mile Hill Villa and many more. Find out who origionally commissioned and owned the houses, what happened to the houses over time, and what purpose they serve today.
The Strong Country
4 August 2016 - 29 October 2016
An exhibition that will delve into Romsey's brewing history, specifically Strong's Brewery and its employees. There was a common saying that went; 'So drunk he must have been to Romsey'. This shows how renowned Romsey was for its Breweries, especially Strong's Brewery which was the main source of employment in Romsey for over one hundred years. The importance of the Strong Brewery to Romsey heritage can be seen by Romsey being referred to as 'The heart of the Strong country'.