Ethel Gooch with her husband Edwin on his Rudge, 1922
When: 1st March until 2nd November 2013
Wymondham first ‘first lady’ – Ethel Gooch – 1887-1953, a pioneer for women in public life in Norfolk.
This display looks at the life and career of a woman who was a pioneer figure in the story of women in politics in Norfolk and especially in the story of the Labour Party. She was the first woman councillor in the town and the first to chair the Wymondham Urban District Council.
The display includes references to her husband Edwin Gooch who became President of the National Union of Agricultural Workers, Labour MP for N. Norfolk and chairman of the Labour Party.
It reveals much about the political and social life of Wymondham & Norfolk in the first half of the 20th century
There are many photographs of family, social and public life from her early years to 1950.
Admission is included in the museum's normal admission prices.