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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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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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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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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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Temperance Tales

I am working hard on a new book which will feature the stories of several Victorian women who, in different ways, tacked the issue of alcohol abuse. Lady Henry Somerset has led me to discover other unsung heroines and to … Continue reading

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Talent4humanity becomes rosblackcreative

Please don’t rush away if you typed in http://www.talent4humanity.com and this site came up. It is one and the same but I have retitled my blog to avoid confusion with another website. All the Lady Henry Somerset and Duxhurst village … Continue reading

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International Women’s Day – I’d nominate Lady Henry Somerset as a forgotten heroine of social reform

As we celebrate the achievements of women around the world, on International Women’s Day, we should not forget the pioneers of women’s rights in Victorian times. We all remember the suffragettes but there were thousands more women who actively campaigned … Continue reading

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