Author Archives: rosblack

About rosblack

I am a freelance writer & author of 4 social history books, featuring female social reformers of the late 19th and early 20th century. In a previous life I managed a housing charity. I also give talks.

Waterstones Book Talk well received

  My talk at Waterstones in Haywards Heath last Friday went well, with a lively audience, many of whom had personal knowledge of Chailey Heritage. Particular thanks to the couple who brought along some fascinating Chailey memorabilia. If you happen … Continue reading

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Book Talk at Waterstones Haywards Heath Friday 9th February 6.30 pm

I’m delighted to be giving a talk about my latest book Grace Kimmins and her Chailey Heritage at my local Waterstones this Friday. Special thanks to the manager, James, for hosting this.  I’m hoping the bad weather doesn’t deter people … Continue reading

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Grace Kimmins – Suffragette or Suffragist?

Before Grace set up her craft school for disabled boys at Chailey, in Sussex, in 1903, she had been working as a Sister of the People at the West London Mission and then at the Bermondsey Settlement. Amongst her fellow … Continue reading

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2018 – celebrating women’s suffrage

  As we enter 2018, we will be hearing a lot more about women’s fight for political equality, celebrating 100 years since females were allowed to vote. Most of the women I have written about have strong links to the … Continue reading

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Former Chailey scholar, Jack Hayward, writes a review:

Grace Kimmins and her Chailey Heritage. By Ros Black.   Even with my close association with the Heritage Craft Schools in my formative years at Chailey and a personal knowledge of Grace Kimmins, later Dame, I found this book to … Continue reading

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Talk at The Keep, East Sussex Records Office Tuesday 31st October 5.30

  Most of the Chailey Heritage archives are kept at The Keep so, when researching my book, I spent many happy days there looking at old files and photographs. The staff were very patient with all my requests. I shall … Continue reading

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Grace Kimmins and her Chailey Heritage Book reviews

The new book was well received at the launch at Chailey Heritage on 12th October.   It was lovely to meet up with some former Chailey pupils who have been so helpful to me in my researches. Some of the … Continue reading

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