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),

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.

Dates for your Diary
Mon Sep 16th
→Tue Sep 17th
Beatles WAGs
Mon Oct 14th
→Tue Oct 15th
Women of the 40s
Mon Nov 18th
→Tue Nov 19th
Pankhurst women – presentation
Mon Dec 16th
→Tue Dec 17th
Christmas meetings
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