Some Extraordinary Wiltshire Women

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Swindon Group

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7pm to 9pm, Thursday 25 October 2018

"Some Extraordinary Wiltshire Women" A Free talk by Claire Skinner (Principal Archivist of Wiltshire and Swindon Archives since 2006)

This promises to be a very enlightening talk about some extraordinary Wiltshire Women.

Claire has a particular interest in women’s history and women in the First World War. She will be speaking on a range of women who lived in Wiltshire and Swindon between the 16th and the 20th centuries for whom we hold related archives in Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre. 

These women include:

  • Mary Petre Bruce, who broke records on land, sea and in the air! 
  • Dorothy Lawrence, who disguised herself as a soldier and went onto the front line in the First World War! 
  • Mary Williams, wife and helpmeet of South Marston author Alfred Williams
  • The eccentric Lady Meux of Dauntsey, who arrived at a local fox hunt riding an elephant!!
  • An anonymous midwife from Littlecote House                                                 

Very different women but they all have in common the fact they lived extraordinary lives!

Claire has been an archivist since 1992, based at Hampshire Record Office from 1993-2005, and have been Principal Archivist of Wiltshire and Swindon Archives since 2006.

She is also Chair of Wiltshire Local History Forum and a part-time tutor in reading old handwriting at the University of Dundee.




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