Announcing Petticoat Patrimony

Petticoat Patrimony is a project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, to research, explore and tell hidden stories hitherto the victims of historical patrimony. The lives of three black women, Ann, Charles Waterton’s wife, and Eliza and Helen Edmonstone, his sisters-in-law have never been told.

Today, Dream Time Creative has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £10,000 for an exciting heritage project ‘Petticoat Patrimony’ in Wakefield. Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the significant contributions the Edmonstone women, descendants from the royal line of the Arawak Indians on Demerara, made to the Waterton Estate and explores their legacy as black women, surrogate mothers and custodians of the land.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will redress assumptions around gender, colour and the patrimony historically associated with Charles Waterton and enable research sessions to take place with emerging volunteers to learn new skills and techniques to create factual documents on which to base a creative interpretation of what the sisters’ lives were like. A series of creative workshops will be offered to explore emerging themes and, working with the black women’s community, a series of short films will be created to give voice to the Edmonstone women.

Dream Time Creative is the powerhouse behind The Forgotten Women of Wakefield project which seeks to work with women within the community to tell the stories of how women from our past have influenced the social, political, economic, cultural, environmental, and creative landscape in order to honour them as part of our #blueplaqueparity campaign. Working with women interested in gaining new research skills, black writers, black directors and black actors alongside black female academics, Wakefield Library and a variety of historical research centres, the entire community will gain a deeper insight into this previously under-researched and underrepresented part of our history.

Commenting on the award, Sarah Leah Cobham, project spokesperson said: ‘We are delighted to have received this support thanks to the National Lottery Players and feel grateful that this funding will enable three significant women of colour from our past to finally have their stories told.’

Notes to Editors

Dream Time Creative is a social enterprise company that works with both public and private funding. Our philosophy is to empower through creativity.

We are the powerhouse behind the campaign for #blueplaque parity with our Forgotten Women of Wakefield Project and provide opportunities for women to be SEEN for their achievements thus normalising their creative contributions to our community. 

About The National Lottery Heritage Fund

Using money raised by the National Lottery, we Inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.

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Further Information

For further information, images and interviews please contact Sarah Cobham at Dream Time Creative 07733180416 

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