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Women's History Month: a series

4.9 out of 5 From 274 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022
  • DURATION 1 hr
  • HOW TO ATTEND Attendance is live via Zoom
4.9 out of 5 From 274 reviews

Being able to pick and choose activities and either attend at the specified time or watch a recording later suits me perfectly.

, reviewed on 10 Oct 2022

Entertaining and instructive presentations by knowledgeable speakers.

, reviewed on 18 Nov 2022

Event Description

A series of talks celebrating Women's History Month shining a light on two very different women from history who tried to make their mark in a man’s world. We will also be looking at how generations of invisible women’s work was integral to weaving the threads of human society – something so commonplace we now barely notice it. The final talk looks at attitudes and beliefs about women and the effect these have had, and still have, on modern societies around the world.

Katherine of Aragon - : Spanish Princess, Princess of Wales, Queen of England, Discarded Wife: History remembers her as the first of Henry VIII’s six wives and probably little else. She left her homeland expecting to be Queen of England for the rest of her life. But how did this highly educated daughter of an independent Spanish Queen fare with the values of an England where men held all the power, and the King was an absolute monarch?

Wednesday 8th March: 2:30pm

Mol Cutpurse: London’s Smoking. Swearing, Roaring Girl!: Tudor and Stuart London was the home of real-life rogues as colourful as any in Shakespeare’s plays. One of the most memorable of these underworld characters was Mary Frith, also known as Mol Cutpurse, who flouted convention at every turn. Far from being a weak and timid woman, who stayed at home taking care of children, as the ideals of the age demanded, she took to the streets and stage, making a spectacle of herself that earned both official condemnation and not a little public admiration.

Wednesday 15th March: 2:30pm

Before the Zip The invisible history of thread, string, textiles and their makers: Look around you, can you imagine a world without string, thread, rope, baskets, mats and clothes? Things we totally take for granted in the modern world. Yet needles were invented long before the discovery of metal, and the production of all these items, seldom found in the archaeological record, depended for millennia on generations of women working to spin and weave the fabric of human society. Discover the impact of this invisible history.

Wednesday 22nd March: 2:30pm

Wedlocked – Women, know your place!: If you thought that the fight for women’s equality was over and the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975 made it all fair, think again! This talk explores attitudes towards women throughout history which became embedded in western society and now have a global impact. Perhaps societies can never be truly equal unless both men and women act in partnership to make them so?

Wednesday 29th March: 2:30pm

  • Duration: 1 hr
  • Online Zoom event: Join from your computer, phone or tablet (no replay available)
Sun Jester

Meet the Host, Sun Jester

Graham, Towse and Bronwen Harrison have presented a variety of informal talks and musical entertainments for adult groups since 2014. Offering a wide range of topics, their aim is to enlighten, divert and amuse.  For over 25 years, Sun Jester have worked in the education, heritage and entertainment sectors with many and varied organisations such as English Heritage, National Trust and prominent heritage sites and museums.

Towse has a degree in History, an MA in Museums and Gallery Education and worked for many years as a Heritage Education Consultant. She has a keen interest in archaeology and social history, particularly how they shed light on the role and position of women in history.

Graham has a passion for military and social history. He also has a particular enthusiasm for the skills and technology of our prehistoric ancestors. Graham has many years experience as an historical re-enactor, interpreter and community artist as well as working for the NHS as a patient simulator, involved in the training of doctors and other medical staff.

Bronwen is a professional performer, experienced in the creation, direction and performance of physical, mask and musical theatre. As a professional musician, vocalist and recording artist, Bronwen currently performs with three groups, a contemporary rock/blues band, a vocal duo performing vintage music and a group playing music from the Medieval and Tudor periods.

Preparing for the Event

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4.9 out of 5 From 274 reviews