The Chelmsford Sissies by Grayson Perry

The pot depicts a fictional transvestite festival in Chelmsford based on the real story of the Chelmsford Sissies.


Height: 65 cm; diameter: 39 cm
Art Fund grant:
£2,500 ( Total: £8,000)
Acquired in:
Grayson Perry

Sir Thomas Sissye was a Royalist who surrendered his band to Roundhead troops in 1648. As a humiliation Sissye and his men were forced to parade through Chelmsford wearing women's dress. Perry's alternative history is both wishful and celebratory. The transfer prints on the side refer to the expanding housing estates around the town.


The artist.

Venue details

Chelmsford Museum and the Essex Regiment Museum Oaklands Park, Moulsham Street, CHELMSFORD Essex CM2 9AQ 01245 605 700

Entry details

Free to all

Mon – Thu, 10am – 5pm Fri, 10am – 5pm (school holidays only) Sat, 10am – 5pm Sun, 1pm – 4pm Closed 25 – 26 Dec, Fri during school term