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This gallery presents details from a painting by Rachel Gadsden, commissioned as part of 'Breaking Barriers'. The painting explores stories of local suffragists and suffragettes in Essex, as part of an exhibition developed in partnership with Essex County Council, The Women's Library, Rethink, Epping Forest Museum, and Southend Discovery Museum.

Rachel worked with members of Rethink to look at the history of Parliament, how past communities got their voices heard and what this means for engaging with Parliament today.

For further information on the 'Breaking Barriers' programme, please contact Rebecca Fawcett, Cultural Programmes Manager, at

For dates of future events please go to

Click on this link to read a profile of the project by Liz Porter