Talks in Person


In these costumed recreations you can meet, in person:


Mary Kingsley -the 19th century African explorer

Miss Kingsley tells of her strange early life and goes on to describe her travels in West Africa in the 1880’s and 90’s. There are meetings with cannibals, leopards and crocodiles.


Fanny Kemble -19th century actress and anti slavery campaigner.

You will hear about theatrical life and riotous audiences, experiences of being ‘on tour’ in pioneer America and the harsh lives of American slaves in the 1850’s.


Elizabeth Garrett Anderson – Britain’s first female doctor

Here is the story of a woman’s fight to be allowed to study and qualify as a doctor in the 1860’s. It is a story of dogged determination in spite of persistent rejection.


Annie Sullivan – Helen Keller’s ‘Teacher’

Annie Sullivan tells of her feckless father and her poverty stricken childhood and how she emerged, in spite of her own handicap, to become the great educator who taught the deaf blind Helen Keller.


Emmeline Pankhurst – the suffragette

In this talk you will hear of Mrs Pankhurst’s early endeavours to promote ‘Votes for Women’, get a brief guide to suitable clothing in which to ‘rush the House of Commons’ and details of life in Holloway.


Margery Thurston – a day in 1941

Mrs Thurston gives an account of the every day life and tribulations of an ordinary woman in wartime Britain.


Julian Margaret Cameron – the eccentric and forceful Victorian photographer

Amid the friendships of Tennyson, Browning, Darwin, Longfellow and many others, the fierce Mrs Cameron produced extraordinary and haunting photographs. This is her story.

© Louise Reed 2012