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More than 600 women take part in God's House Tower art project

God's House Tower Image copyright David Dixon
Image caption God’s House Tower is undergoing redevelopment as part of a project to restore forgotten spaces in Southampton for creative purposes

More than 600 women turned up to support a project at God's House Tower in Southampton in a bid to overturn its "deeply gendered" record of history.

Local artist, Sarah Filmer, said she organised the event in order to restore the stories of women left out of the history of the medieval tower.

God's House Tower is undergoing redevelopment as part of a project to restore spaces for creative purposes.

Ms Filmer said she wanted the building "to move forward with feminist intent".

"God's House Tower has a deeply gendered recorded history. I want to rebalance this with a positive, symbolic gesture, enabling the building to move forward with feminist intent as a new arts and heritage venue", she said.

Hundreds of women were invited to Saturday's event which aimed to reverse "700 years of ignored female history", Ms Filmer added.

"Over 600 women turned up to the event and 429 stories of women were collected. It was an amazing day of song, spoken word, drawing, photography and poetry," she said.

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