Lectures

This is a list of some of the illustrated lectures I can deliver to your group. For prices and availability please contact me at historywomenbrighton@outlook.com

NEW!  Women Warriors – Women have only been allowed to join the army for one hundred years and, just two years ago, were given the right for the first time to play a combative role in the Armed Forces on an even footing with men.  However, this didn’t stop a trickle of women in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries joining up anyway – disguised as men.  This talk looks at the fascinating stories behind the women who managed to pull off a military career disguised as men.  Who were they?  Why did they do it?  What adventures did they have?  What happened when they were found out?

Amazing Women of Brighton and Hove  – Doctors, policewomen, entrepreneurs, sportswomen, this talk looks at some of the fantastic women who’ve made waves around Brighton and Hove.  Just like my walks, but sitting down! 

Behind Every Great Man – Some Incredible Regency Women – this talk looks at some early 19 century women who broke boundaries and achieved remarkable things such as Jane Austen, Elizabeth Fry, and Mary Shelley, as well as some less well-known women, such as provocative courtesan Harriette Wilson

The Wonderful World of the Regency Dandy – What were the must-have clothing items and attitudes of the fashionable Regency man-about-town in the early nineteenth century. From (Regency) men behaving badly to the birth of the English gentleman

Brighton Hospitals During the First World War – From 1914 – 1920 Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate became a military hospital, first, for wounded Indian soldiers, then later for British soldiers who had lost limbs. How was this symbol of pleasure and excess transformed into a modern hospital, how did it operate, what was treatment and life like for patients and staff, and what did the soldiers think of their surroundings and Brighton?

Peggy Angus – Life and Work of an Original East Sussex Artist.  Little known today, Peggy Angus (1904 – 1903) was one of the most independently minded and innovative artists of the twentieth century.  A good friend of Eastbourne’s Eric Ravilious with whom she’d spend days painting on the Downs, she worked from ‘Furlongs’, a cottage near Firle, and left an incredible legacy of paintings, wall paper, tiles and murals
Brighton Museum’s Twentieth Century Gallery – A Closer Look – this looks at some of the most interesting objects in the museum’s collection of twentieth century art and design collection, from Salvador Dali’s Mae West Lips sofa to exquisite art nouveau glass
The Development of Brighton from Fishing Village to City by the Sea – what are the events and who are the people that made Brighton’s fortune?
Preston Manor – Upstairs and Downstairs – the development of Preston Manor and the servants’ world
The Royal Pavilion and Its Estate – a look not only at the development of the Royal Pavilion from small farmhouse to today’s extravagant palace, but also at the fascinating history of the restored Gardens, the Dome and the Corn Exchange
Victorian Working Class Brighton – What was life like in the poorest area of Brighton in the nineteenth century?  Taking a close look at the traces of trams, slipper baths, the workhouse, old pubs, laundries and the local church’s penny-bank in the Hanover/Queens Park area, we explore the challenges faced by the local community and the bonds that tied it together.
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