This group is using Zoom teleconferencing for the meetings - please use the Carrier Pigeon for details of the next meeting
Leader: - Carmel Byers
Availability: - Limited availability
Our new room layout seem to help with the numbers attending.
Have you heard of Caroline Herschel? Marianne North? Constance Mayer? Nor had I until some visits to museums and galleries made me aware of these women and their significant achievements. There are many remarkable and talented women particularly in the last centuries who were astronomers, mathematicians, artists, writers, politicians etc, and for various reasons including the social conventions and restrictions of the time are relatively unknown.
The aim of this group is to explore and learn about some of their lives and achievements. We meet in members' homes and take it in turns to make a presentation about a remarkable woman that has inspired us. If you are interested (men are welcome too), please email by using the carrier pigeon on this page, or sign up at a monthly meeting.
Our attendances have been so good that we are rather bursting at the seams meeting in our house, Thanks go to our participants for their tolerance of the cramped conditions! We are going to try a new seating arrangement for this meeting, and depending on how this works, decide if we will have to move to another venue in the future.
The March meeting explored the life and achievements of Hattie McDaniel, American actress of stage and screen, singer-songwriter and comedian, and the first black woman to win an Oscar.
At our February meeting, we heard about Alice Guy-Blanche, first female director of silent films in the 1890s and saw some of the films she directed.
Our January meeting was a documentary called ‘Letters from Baghdad’ about Gertrude Bell English writer, traveller, political officer.
At our meeting in December we had a very interesting presentation by Ruth Waxman on Isabelle de Borchgrave, a designer who specialises in intricately painted paper dresses and jewellery.
Mary Watts, artist and sculptress was the Remarkable Woman featured at our October meeting. The chapel she designed in Surrey is quite amazing.
The September meeting was presented by David Bagon featuring the artist Mary Cassatt. It was great to see her wonderful paintings and portraits that were unknown to most of us.