Women in History
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Please contact Jean Askew using our Women in History email contact.
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We meet once a month on the 3rd Friday of the month at 2:00 pm.
16 July 2018 Visit to Norwich re: Edith Cavell
The group took the opportunity of Maria's trip to Norwich to explore the city's history related to Edith Cavell, who was the British nurse executed by the enemy on 12 October 1915. She had treated casualties of all nationalities but was accused of treason for helping allied soldiers escape back to Britain.
The group explored her birth at Swardeston, a village on the outskirts of Norwich, and her burial in Norwich Cathedral.
Our thanks to Jean Askew for the photos.
22 June 2018 Visit to Westminster
As we have been discussing various women who belonged to the Suffragette Movement, we went along to see the statue of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, recently erected in Parliament Square. She is the first female to have been honoured with a statue there, the rest of the 11 statues are men! She was the first Suffragist, whereas Emmeline Pankhurst, the next statue, in Victoria Tower Gardens was the leader of the Suffragettes.
The flowers we came across in a shady corner of the back streets of Westminster. Memorial Scroll to the Suffragette Movement was in Christchurch Gardens near Caxton House where the women held their meetings.
View towards Horseguards Parade from St.James Park and finally statue of Edith Cavell outside the National Portrait Museum, to which we also paid a visit. This lady will be the subject of our next meeting.