Marie In The Margins video installation


Adding an overlooked medieval female cultural workforce to historical sites connected with male working history.
Women have always worked on the fertile margins.


Now at English Heritage Trust: 1066 Abbey and Battlefield
and Hastings Museum & Art Gallery


Marie in the Margins: performers (l to r) Erica Smith, Yasmin Aishah and Hannah Collisson, image by cinematographer Rod Morris, design: Ursula McLaughlin


The Marie in the Margins video installation explores overlooked female cultural innovators working in the hundred years after the Norman invasion.

The project adds diverse stories to 1066-themed dialogue. It highlights the innovative writing of England’s earliest known adventure author Dame Marie, also know as Marie de France.

Let’s look at madonna with child images as propaganda. Positioning women solely at the heart of the home with newborns is not the whole story. Women have always been working on the fertile margins.










Performer and musician, Alice Beadle. Image by Ian O'Leary.


This installation has developed from Spirited, a pilot with performer and composer Alice Beadle and composer Frank Moon and a summer 2021 ExploreTheArch production.

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