Leigh & District

Women & History

Facilitator:Barbara Joyce 07516 225608
Venue & time:Leigh Miners1pm3rd Tuesday in month
repeated on the Monday (day previous to the 3rd Tuesday),

Our March meeting is on 16th March repeated on the 17th. It will take the form of a presentation and the topic is 'Coercion and Control'. The laws around domestic violence were recently added to and now include offences of control and coercion. In other words abuse is not simply physical but can also be things like preventing ones partner from going out, controlling spending, isolating a partner from their family etc. It is an important issue and one we should know about - not just for ourselves but for people who may be unwitting victims of illegal behaviour. Please join us at either session. No need to book and the presentation starts at 1pm on both days.

'Sisters' was our February topic and we had a great range of research from The Williams sisters to the Andrews sisters. Two members told us about their own relatives and provided photographs. There were two 'entertainment' acts discussed. One was the Two Headed Nightingales - conjoined twins in Victorian times and another act that consisted of 7 sisters with fantastic long hair called the Sutherland Sisters. The Bronte sisters were discussed as were the Grimke Sisters who were abolitionists in mid 19th Century USA. There was a contribution looking at 3 local women who had made good - one who married a man who was responsible for establishing the first Mosque in Liverpool. Finally there were the Mirabal 4 sisters from The Dominican Republic in the mid 20th Century who opposed the violent dictator Trujillo at some risk to themselves. A varied and fascinating selection and thanks to all members who brought some research. I hope that doing the research was enjoyable and do appreciate that presenting is not always easy but must be rewarding.

All members are encouraged to bring research - only 5 or 10 minutes is needed and you don't have to be a great public speaker.

Meeting topics for the remainder of 2020

16th/17th March - Coercion of women in partnerships (presentation)
20th/21st April Academy Award and Bafta winners
18th/19th May Housework (presentation)
15th/16th June Women in Art – (presentation)
20th/21st July Women in religion
NO MEETING August
14th/15th September Gender in advertising (presentation)
19th/20th October 2020 Women transported to Tasmania (presentation)
16th/17th November 2020 Dancers
15th/15th December 2020 Christmas meeting

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Please note - no meeting in January 2020 so our next meeting will be on 17th February 2020 repeated on the 18th February 2020 at 1pm on both days. The topic will be 'sisters' so please bring your sibling based research.

Two good sessions in December with lots of nice food and some laughs at the pictures which reminded us of some of the good (and bad) things about our youth.

Wishing every one a happy Christmas and a peaceful 2020.

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Just a bit of fun for our meetings on 16th December (repeated on the 17th December at 1pm). We have a lot of pictures to remind us of our younger days - such as a hula hoop - when it was a toy not a snack. It's just a chance to look back at how things used to be and to do this in good company and hopefully with some Christmas type snacks

Please note that there is no meeting in January 2020 and the next session after that will be on 17th February 2020 repeated on the 18th when the topic is 'sisters' so please bring your sibling research.

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Our November meeting will take the form of a presentation. 'Strategies for dealing with unwanted pregnancies in Victorian Britain'. This presentation will examine why many thousands of pregnancies in Victorian Britain were unwanted and the choices available to women both during pregnancy and after the birth of the baby.

All members are welcome to either the Monday or Tuesday meeting. Monday 18th November 2019 repeated Tuesday 19th November. Both start at 1 pm at the Miners Institute on Kirby Road off Twist Lane. Try before you buy. Non members can give the group a try and hopefully join after trying!

Our October meeting looked at women in the 1940s and covered a lot of material. We looked at women doing munitions work and those in essential industries. Whilst women were discouraged from continuing in this type of work post war, the genie was out of the bottle and it was impossible to prevent women from undertaking occupations previously the preserve of men alone. Joan Clark - a woman working at Bletchley Park was discussed. Women in the armed services were examined - including those in Canada and the US. The 'Nightingales' were the nurses who treated wounded men being transported home from the battlefields. A spy working for the SOE and the French resistance was included in our research. The war artist Evelyn Dunbars' work was scrutinised. Women working at the Vulcan factory were examined with the help of contemporary sources. We also looked a the impact of the war on women's fashion - including utility clothing and make do and mend. Finally one member looked at her own mother and how she lived during the war.

December 16th/17th - Reminisce for Christmas - a look at some remembrances of times past and please bring some snacks and drinks

PLEASE NOTE - NO MEETING IN JANUARY 2020 - February 2020 meetings are on 17th repeated 18th February and the topic is 'Sisters'

NEXT YEAR 2020

20th repeated 21st January No Meeting in January
17th/18th February - Sisters
16th/17th March - Coercion of women in partnerships (presentation)
20th/21st April Academy Award and Bafta winners
18th/19th May Housework (presentation)
15th/16th June Women in Art – (presentation)
20th/21st July Women in religion
NO MEETING August
14th/15th September Gender in advertising (presentation)
19th/20th October 2020 Women transported to Tasmania (presentation)
16th/17th November 2020 Dancers
15th/15th December 2020 Christmas meeting
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Our OCTOBER 2019 meeting will look at women in an entire decade. The decade is the 1940s. You may want to talk about your mother or grandmother and their war experiences. Or perhaps a famous politician, actress, writer, artist, scientist, model, WREN, radio star or even a spy. Please join us on MONDAY 14th OCTOBER and repeated the next day TUESDAY 15th OCTOBER.

Our September meeting looked at the Beatles and their partners. A nice way to remind ourselves of the 1960s and especially the visit by the Fab 4 to Leigh and Wigan - which a surprising number of you attended.

All welcome to attend in October - no need to book and it should be a good session

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NO MEETING IN AUGUST - enjoy your summer and we will be back on September 16th (or 17th for the repeat). It's Beatles wives and girlfriends. Should be good (yeah yeah yeah).

Just a note that we have a slight change to the programme as the November 18th (repeated 19th) meeting will be a presentation. It will be about unwanted pregnancies in Victorian times.

So the programme for the remainder of this year is

September 16th/17th - Beatles WAGs
October 14th/15th - Women of the 1940s
November 18th/19th - Unwanted pregnancies in the Victorian era
December 16th/17th - Christmas meeting

Any suggestions for topics for next year or for our Christmas meeting welcome.

The July meeting was about female philanthropists and we looked at women as varied as Josephine Butler to Dolly Parton. Very interesting and we had some discussion about why Victorian women took up charity giving. Also we examined how many contemporary women who are rich in their own right want to spread their wealth.

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The July meeting will be held on MONDAY 15th and repeated on Tuesday 16th July 2019. The meetings begin at 1pm and are held at The Miners. The subject is female philanthropists. Women have long been interested in raising and donating money to charitable causes. There are many examples both contemporary and from history and I am sure we will come up with some interesting research.

Advance notice that we are having a holiday in August so no meeting but normal service will resume on September 16th and 17th with Beatles Wives and Girlfriends.

The Mistresses and Courtesans sessions were very interesting. We looked at a number of women from history and even at Carrie Symonds who is Boris Johnson's current partner. Thanks to all members who bring research. We could not function without this and I am always amazed at the variety of the findings.

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In June 2019 we will look at MISTRESSES AND COURTESANS. The meeting will take place on Monday 17th June and repeated on Tuesday 18th June. All members are welcome. There would appear to be lots of women to choose from - we are talking about the oldest profession!

There were some great contributions to the May meeting on female criminals. Thanks for bringing such an eclectic mix of research.

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The May 2019 meetings will look at female criminals. Women criminals are far more rare than their male counterparts but there are lots of them nevertheless. Please bring your findings to the meetings on either MONDAY 20th May or TUESDAY 21st May. Meetings start at 1pm.

There were two most enjoyable meetings in April. Many thanks to members who brought research about women working in television. Once again the findings were varied and afforded a bit of nostalgia - Children's Hour and Muffin the Mule for example. We also looked at Mary Beard - the latest cult figure. In addition there was input on weather forecaster Lucy Martin - a women who has not allowed a disability to get in the way of her blossoming career. We learnt about Fiona Bruce, Eileen Derbyshire, Anne Diamond and many more. A good topic which may be worth another outing in the future.

I am always looking for members who would be prepared to give presentations, as a change to the usual format is refreshing. You do not have to be a ‘lecturer’ – just someone with an interest related to our subject and a passion to share your interest.

For more information please contact Barbara Joyce.

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