Category Archives: Temperance

Ready for tide to turn on our attitude to Do-Gooders?

Summing up his excellent series on Victorian Do-Gooders, Ian Hislop commented that “their achievements have been underrated, their absurdities accentuated” but posed the question “Are we ready for the tide to turn?” In researching my book, I came across many … Continue reading

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Meet the pragmatic temperance leader

Lady Henry Somerset’s tenure as President of the British Women’s Temperance Association and Vice-President/President of the World Woman’s Christian temperance Union was frequently mired in controversy. One of the main reasons for this was that she was a pragmatist. She … Continue reading

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Don’t mock the Victorian Do-Gooders

I’m very much enjoying Ian Hislop’s “Age of the Do-Gooders” on BBC2. You sense Ian is always wanting to mock, but instead is finding himself deeply impressed by the courage and committment of his subjects. Next week he’ll be talking … Continue reading

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Lady Henry Somerset and WT Stead

Lady Henry Somerset was the subject of a character sketch by the reknowned, some would call notorious, journalist WT Stead, printed in the Review of reviews in June 1893. Stead has been described as “an important contributor to the birth … Continue reading

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Talk at Reigate Priory Park Pavilion Tuesday 7th Sep 7pm

I am giving an illustrated talk about Lady Henry Somerset at Reigate Priory Park Pavilion on Tuesday 7th September at 7pm. The event is free but due to space constraints, please book your place by emailing PrioryPark@ reigate-banstead.gov.uk Come along … Continue reading

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Temperance doesn’t mean abstinence

The temperance movement was at its height in Britain in the late 19th century. With towns awash with alcohol-induced squalor, many strong-minded women realised that curbs were needed on the liquor trade. Some, as in America, advocated prohibition. Others, like … Continue reading

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Out in cyberspace

It was always my ambition to travel, but I never thought I’d reach cyberspace. But I have a book to publicise and lots of interesting things I’d like to share with the world, so watch this space …

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