Leader: - Carmel Byers
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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.
Monday 13th January - A documentary called ‘Letters from Baghdad’ about Gertrude Bell English writer, traveller, political officer. This will be at the usual time of 3.15pm at my home.
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.
Our July meeting featured a very interesting and beautifully shot documentary film on Jane Goodall, primatologist and anthropologist whose 50 year studies of chimpanzees were highly acclaimed. My apologies that unfortunately the technology let us down about three quarters of the way through, this last section mainly dealt with her more personal life and bringing up her son in the wild. For those interested, the film is viewable on Netflix was produced by the National Geographic in 2017, and called ‘Jane.’
Our June meeting featured Clementine Churchill whose achievements are generally rather overlooked in favour of her distinguished husband Winston. She was however a strong person in her own right, with many unrecognised achievements. It was said that history might have been very different if Winston had not had the dedicated support and advice of his wife.
Our May meeting was presented by Sandra Clark on three very different Australian Remarkable Women, Edith Cowan, Maude Bonney and Helena Rubenstein. This was a very interesting and informative afternoon. Many thanks to Sandra for an enjoyable presentation and also to Adrienne Pyzer who stepped in to save the day at very short notice and hold the meeting at her house as ours was in the throes of a plumbing crisis!