Category Archives: female temperance reformers

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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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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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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What the Temperance Movement did for us?

I have just done a live interview on Newstalk Radio, Dublin http://www.newstalk.com They had picked up on the press release for Scandal Salvation and Suffrage – The Amazing Women of The Temperance Movement from the publisher http://www.troubador.co.uk The presenter, Tara, … Continue reading

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ALCOHOL AND DRUG ABUSE TODAY – COSTING £435 MILLION A YEAR IN BENEFITS

I was shocked to read that £435 million a year is paid out to people with alcohol or drug problems in welfare benefits. Mostly this is made up of sickness benefit or, as it is now called, Employment and Support … Continue reading

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Sarah Robinson’s ‘Little Keepsake’ book 1904

Thanks to Maria Lawless who contacted me through the site, I am able to bring you a photograph of a miniature book (approximately 6 cms by 5 cms) circulated, on request, by Sarah Robinson to mark her 70th birthday. The … Continue reading

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