What’s on?

Dear Friends,

Coronavirus news:

Thanks to Covid-19, we do not know when any gatherings will be allowed to take place at LSE.  We were obliged to cancel much of our planned programme of talks in 2020, and are now ‘broadcasting’ talks on Zoom, which are generously hosted by LSE.  

Our next virtual meetings will be on Zoom on the following dates:

Wednesday 20 January 2021, 2.30 pm

“Is this story true?”: History in Fact and Fiction

Lucienne Boyce, author of The Bristol Suffragettes, is currently writing a biography of suffrage campaigner Millicent Price, nee Browne (whose papers are held by the Women’s Library), and is a member of the steering committee of the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network. She is also the author of award-winning historical novels. In this talk, she will explore the tensions, challenges and rewards of working in two apparently opposing forms – historical non-fiction (including biography), and historical fiction. Her website is www.lucienneboyce.com

Wednesday 17 February 2021, 2.30 pm

‘Women Writing Women’s Rights: The Beginnings of Women’s Law Books in England, from Married Women’s Property Reform to Suffrage’

Amy Kaufman, Head Law Librarian at Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, loves exploring hidden collections in her library, one of which – law books written by women – ultimately led to a master’s degree in the History of the Book at the University of London. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, she enjoys researching and writing in the areas where those fields intersect.

Wednesday 17 March 2021, 2.30 pm

Making Homemakers: how Woman’s Weekly shaped lower-middle-class domestic culture in Britain, 1918-1958.

Dr Eleanor Reed is Project Officer for ‘Time and Tide: Connections and Legacies’ at Nottingham Trent University. Her talk, drawn from a monograph in preparation for Liverpool University Press, will take further some themes from the recent Time and Tide conference, and provide us with a helpful introduction and a deeper insight into the forthcoming exhibition on interwar women’s magazines at LSE Library.

Wednesday 14 April 2021, 2.30 pm

‘I grumbled a little at the absolutely endless catechism about Elizabeth Fry’: Margery Fry and Quakerism.

Anne Logan, Emeritus Reader at the University of Kent, and biographer of Margery Fry (The Politics of Penal Reform: Margery Fry and the Howard League)

The birth family of Margery Fry (1874-1958) was one filled on both sides with prominent and successful Quaker ancestors. Although as an adult she rejected religion in favour of agnosticism, throughout her life and even after death she was often referred to as a ‘Quaker reformer’. That she became best known for her penal reform work led to a confusion in many minds with the prison reformer Elizabeth Fry (1780-1845) and the incorrect assumption that Margery was her descendant. This paper explores Margery’s complicated relationship with Quakerism, her family heritage, and religion in general – conflicts which were not only personal and political, but also representative of her generation’s struggles with secularism and with issues of war and peace and women’s rights.


Full details, with Zoom login instructions, are circulated nearer the date, to Friends and to a wider public via the Women’s History Network, the Women’s History Seminar of the Institute of Historical Research, and the Events page of the Royal Historical Society.


We look forward to ‘meeting’ as many of you as possible on these occasions!

Stay safe, everyone!

with best wishes

Anne Summers

for the Executive Committee, Friends of The Women’s Library