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Thursday 16 March 2023

Fashion, Fury and Feminism

By Tessa Boase

Tessa was refused access to the archives of The Royal Society for the Protection of Bird when she told them she wanted to write about their early history. As an investigative journalist this was a challenge. The results of this challenge resulted in Tessa revealing the intriguing love affair of women with plumage and of the eco feminists who championed the cause of the birds. The lecture takes us to a polite Victorian tea party, an egret hunt in Florida, a suffragettes’ “monster rally” and to a milliner’s dusty workshop. We visit a world where every woman of every class wore a hat!

About the Speaker

Tessa’s interest lies in uncovering stories about women of the Victorian and Edwardian era, revealing how they drove industry, propped up high society and manipulated politics. Tessa has been a journalist for national newspapers and magazines and is the author of two books of social history:” The Women Who Really Ran the English Country House” and “Mrs. Pankhurst’s Purple Feather- Fashion, Fury and feminism.” She has an M.A. in English Literature from Oxford University and a Diploma in Art History from the British Institute in Florence.