There has been a lot of interest in perhaps having a second History Group but this would depend on numbers, venue and a leader. If you are interested in joining please contact a member of the committee or leave your phone number via the yellow contact button at top of the page. Support is available to help establish another group.
Stevenage U3A History Group is small for two reasons. Firstly, we meet in a member's house therefore space is an issue and secondly, we feel that in keeping it small everyone gets a chance to contribute at most meetings and share the research they are working on.
For three years we concentrated on researching famous and some infamous women and unsurprisingly we never ran out of women! The research covered many centuries and many different women. From royal women who ruled in their own right such as Catherine of Russia, Joanna of Spain and Queen Anne and Catherine of Aragon.
In addition, we included work on the mothers of kings, including Margaret Beaufort, Empress Matilda and the tragic Mary Queen of Scots. We also included royal mistresses who influenced history such as Katherine Swynford, who with John of Gaunt was an ancestress of the Tudors, Madame de Pompadour who made herself indispensable to Louis XV, Jane Shore and Alice Keppel.
We also found many strong women especially from the 19th and 20th centuries including Caroline Norton who fought and won the right for divorced women to have access to their young children. Anne Eliza Young (19th wife) took her fight against polygamy to Washington. This work also encompassed the lives of Florence Nightingale, Edith Cavell, Elizabeth Fry, Emily Pankhurst, Amy Johnson and Barbara Castle.
Writers and artists studied included - Elizabeth Garrett Browning, Louisa May Alcott, Enid Blyton, Friedan Kahlo, Mary Beale, Mary Cassat, Laura Knight and Clarice Cliff (the most mentioned person on antique shows). These are just a few of the women who kept us so interested and hard working. We have now decided to move on and tackle (tackle being the operative word!) the history of India. As we have just started this and are finding it a huge subject I think it is watch this space for further updates!
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