Roses From The Heart: Convict Women Project

Roses From The Heart: Convict Women Project

Special Activities for Groups


Down County Museum will be taking part in this unique project in May 2013. The project has been initiated by Christina Henri an artist from Hobart, Tasmania. She is seeking to commemorate the thousands of British and Irish women transported to Australia from the 1780s until the mid-nineteenth century.

Roses from the Heart will create an art installation made up of thousands of bonnets created by people from all over the world. Christina has been travelling all over Australia and Britain and Ireland inviting groups, schools and individuals to make bonnets with her and learn more about how convict women contributed to Australian history and society. She chose bonnets as a symbol of these women’s lives as many convict women were assigned to work amongst the community in private residences as domestic help.

Sew a bonnet and be part of history! 25,266 bonnets have been made so far.

Our special activities for groups include the following:


Living history: meet a prisoner or gaoler from the old gaol of Down and find out more about life in prison 200 years ago.

Short talk: find out more about the gaol’s prisoners from debtors and thieves, to 1798 rebels and highwaymen!

Art/craft: work with artist Christina Henri to create bonnets to be part of a major art installation. You do not have to be able to sew to take part in this!


This activity lasts two hours and is suitable for adults and young people (over 14 year olds). Admission is free and sessions are available at the following times: (max 30-35 per session) or in the morning time on some of these dates. Contact us to discuss.



Monday 13 May         2pm                             Monday 20 May         2pm

Tuesday 14 May         2pm                             Tuesday 21 May         2pm

Wednesday 15 May    2pm                             Wednesday 22 May    2pm

Thursday 23 May        2pm


Contact Linda McKenna,

Community Education Manager,

Down County Museum, for more details or to book a session.

Tel: 028-44615218 or email:

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