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August meeting report

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The Suffragette, the Silverworker and the Sheik's Creator


Our speaker on Thursday 31st August was Ann Beedham, who rose well to the unexpected challenge of a powercut in the village that meant that she had both to deliver more than half of her talk without the benefit of slides, and for part of that time also in competition with the Reading Room's fire alarm!

Fortunately power was restored about two-thirds of the way in, just as the declining light was making it difficult for Ann to even read her speaker's notes!


Despite these unusual circumstances Ann kept all of those present interested with her talk 'The Suffragette, the Silverworker and the Sheik's Creator', on the lives of three local women who each made their mark on the last century in their own very distinctive ways: The first was Hannah Mitchell of Alport Castles near Hope, who worked for the cause of Women's Suffrage alongside Adela Pankhurst in Sheffield, including at the 'Suffrage Shop' that the movement held on Chapel Walk shortly after the first Word War. The second was a Silversmith, Joyce Himsworth, active in the 1930's, whose work can still be found on exhibition at the Millenium Gallery in Sheffield, while the last, and in some ways the least likely, was Edith Maude Winstanley (a.k.a. E. M. Hull), respectable middle class wife and mother who was also the author of the (by the standards of the time) racey 1919 novel 'The Sheik' which when turned into a film two year later made the career of Rudolph Valentino!

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