Category Archives: women’s history


Grace Kimmins has been called many things: ‘a genius’, ‘the greatest beggar in England’, ‘a small woman with a big heart’,’a pied piper’, one of the greatest English women of the twentieth century’, ‘a goddess with a chuckle’, ‘a spiritual … Continue reading

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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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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 They had picked up on the press release for Scandal Salvation and Suffrage – The Amazing Women of The Temperance Movement from the publisher The presenter, Tara, … Continue reading

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Let me introduce you to Sarah, another great character who is featured in my forthcoming book Scandal, Salvation & Suffrage – the Amazing Women of The Temperance Movement (due out 28th March 2015). Sarah overcame her physical disabilities to set … Continue reading

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