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2022 Spring Lecture: A double-header, comprising two short talks

24 June 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm BST


This is an hybrid event that is open to Members and Non-Members.

A double-header, comprising two short talks

FROM ROMANTIC HEROINE TO RENOWNED PHARMACOLOGIST: a Paston daughter in the seventeenth century.


By Jean Agnew


Jean Agnew is our early modern editor, who produced The Whirlpool of Misadventures: Letters of Robert Paston, first earl of Yarmouth, 1663-79, our 2012 volume)


Margaret Paston (1652-1723) was the eldest child of Robert Paston, 1st earl of Yarmouth, and is believed to be the little girl portrayed in the famous painting ‘The Paston Treasure’ in the Castle Museum. Archive sources show her as a teenager with a propensity for falling in love with unsuitable men, as a Venetian patrician wife exchanging medicinal recipes with the grand duke of Tuscany, and finally as a distressed widow pleading for the life of a son convicted of treason.


YARMOUTH WOMEN DEMAND THE RIGHT TO VOTE: the suffrage movement in one Norfolk borough.


By Frank Meeres


Frank Meeres is a retired archivist and author of a number of books on East Anglian history; his volume on Socialism and Suffragism in King’s Lynn and Great Yarmouth is planned for publication by the Society in 2024).


There were many groups in Norfolk campaigning for women’s suffrage in the early twentieth century; however, the only surviving minute book is for the Great Yarmouth Women’s Suffrage Society. This talk uses the minute book and other sources to analyse who were the women in the town who campaigned for the vote, their ages, social and family status, occupations and places of residence. It also looks at the tensions within the Society between those women who wanted to remain strictly within the law and the minority prepared to push the struggle further.


24 June 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm BST
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