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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.

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Every day I seem to discover a new heroine – a woman who was prepared to break the mould of subservient womanhood. As my particular interest lies in the mid/late Victorian period, most of my heroines  … Continue reading

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SCANDAL SALVATION AND SUFFRAGE EBOOK – SPECIAL PRICE OF £1.49 FOR LIMITED PERIOD

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Scandal-Salvation-Suffrage-Temperance-Movement-ebook/dp/B00QVSBN24/ref=sr_1_1? Check out this special deal – limited period only

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The fight for women’s rights – the women’s temperance movement played a big part

With the new film Suffragette being released this October, there will be renewed interest in the women’s suffrage movement. I’m looking forward to seeing the film, starring Meryl Streep and Carey Mulligan but I hope it doesn’t glorify the role … Continue reading

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CANCELLATION OF TALK ON AGNES WESTON AT PLYMOUTH ON TUESDAY 26TH MAY

Sincere apologies to those who have booked for my talk in Plymouth. Due to a sudden death in the family, I need to be elsewhere so am having to cancel the talk. I am sorry for the inconvenience caused.

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PORTSMOUTH’S TEMPERANCE LADIES- SARAH ROBINSON & AGNES WESTON

Sarah Robinson – The Soldiers’ Friend  Agnes Weston – The Sailors’ Friend Why was the work of these women so important in Portsmouth? We need to bear in mind that in the 1860s & 1870s, Portsmouth was one of England’s … Continue reading

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WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE MAGAZINE – JUNE EDITION

My article Taking the Pledge appears on p62 of the June 2015 edition of WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE magazine. I expect some readers will find references to The Band of Hope illuminating as they may have uncovered membership … Continue reading

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SCANDAL SALVATION AND SUFFRAGE ENJOYS SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH AND LEADS TO NEW TEMPERANCE TALES FROM SUSSEX

Many thanks to all who attended the launch of my new book Scandal Salvation and Suffrage – The Amazing Women of The Temperance Movement in Haywards Heath on 23rd April. To promote the new book in Sussex, I have been … Continue reading

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King signs pledge for duration of the war – 100 years ago on 6th April 1915

Even before war was declared, steps were put in place to reduce opening hours in areas where there were garrisons or armament factories. Obviously there was widespread appreciation of the fact that the British needed to have all their wits about … Continue reading

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Catherine Booth – of Salvation Army fame but also a temperance reformer

Photo of Catherine Booth in Clacton-on-Sea in 1889, courtesy of The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre. Catherine is best known for her work with her husband, William Booth, in founding The Salvation Army. She was deeply religious and she pioneered … Continue reading

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Scandal Salvation & Suffrage – the official publication day 28th March

It’s the official publication date tomorrow which means the book will be available either in stock or to order from all good bookshops. The book is still available through this website and the good news is that I’ve decided to … Continue reading

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