15 posts about Women on this blog
Thursday 13 September 2012, 17:26
The Women's Institute (WI) is a the largest women's volunteer organisation in the UK. The movement originated in Canada in 1897, but crossed the Atlantic in the early 20th century. You may, however, be unaware that the British organisation began in 1915 on Anglesey, north Wales.
Tuesday 1 November 2011, 10:29
BBC Wales News reports on the incredible secret life of 94-four-year-old Mair Russell Jones.
For over 50 years Mair kept quiet about her wartime work which helped to hasten the end of World War Two by anything up...
Thursday 11 August 2011, 12:30
The legend of the Llanddona Witches might not be the best known of Welsh legends but it is one that has a clear origin - well, as clear as you are going to find at this distance in time.
According to the legend a boatload of men and women, all with Irish...
Thursday 4 August 2011, 14:59
This week saw a very special reunion at Iscoyd Park near Wrexham. Five women, all in their late 80s, gathered in north Wales to celebrate the 70th anniversary of their evacuation to the stately home during World War Two.
Monday 4 July 2011, 16:52
Sarah Siddons was the most renowned actress of 18th century Britain. Her performances at Drury Lane and Covent Garden - particularly her portrayal of Shakespeare's Lady Macbeth - were so powerful that audiences swooned and often had to be helped out of the theatre in various stages of distress. In the...
Wednesday 8 June 2011, 15:20
Allen Raine, the pen name of Anne Adaliza Puddicombe, was one of the best-selling authors of the late Victorian/early Edwardian age.
Her books sold millions of copies, not only across Wales but in the whole of Britain, and yet these days she is largely forgotten or ignored.
She was born Anne Adaliza...
Thursday 14 April 2011, 11:30
BBC Wales History blogger Phil Carradice joined The One Show's roving reporter Angelica Bellto talk about last invasion of Britain in 1797. It took place in west Wales when 1,400 members of the French Légion Noire landed on the Pencaer Peninsula just outside Fishguard.
You can watch Phil's debut on...
Monday 14 March 2011, 09:12
At the end of the 19th century she was known as the Welsh Fasting Girl and regarded as a miracle: the little 12-year-old who had not eaten for over two years.
In an age where spirituality clashed with the new teachings of science, she was an undoubted phenomenon, but whether or not her "miracle" was...
Monday 7 March 2011, 14:59
Tuesday 8 March 2011 is a highly significant date. This is a global centenary, marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of International Women's Day (IWD).
This world-wide celebration of women's rights and, significantly, of the part that women play in society has been held since March 1911...
Friday 4 February 2011, 09:05
It's a sad fact that the good, old fashioned public house was, for many years, far less public than most of us ever imagined.
Half of the population of Britain was actually banned from many of these establishments, purely on the grounds of gender, and...
Wednesday 10 November 2010, 09:04
During World War Two, women across Britain were encouraged to do 'their bit' as part of the war effort.
Posters and campaigns were seen around the country asking women to "Join the Wrens and free a man for the fleet".
Members of the Women's Royal Navy Service (WRNS) were referred to fondly as 'Wrens...
Tuesday 6 July 2010, 17:21
Many of us may have heard about the Ladies of Llangollen. Maybe some of us will own a print or even one of the early Victorian fairings that depict the redoubtable pair. But not many of us will know the actual story of Lady Eleanor Charlotte Butler and the Honourable Sarah Ponsonby, the two ladies in...
Wednesday 26 May 2010, 09:31
Imagine the scene. The dockyard is full of workmen, women and children; bands are playing and eager spectators and townspeople mingle happily with dignitaries and naval officers. It is July 21 1853, and the 90 gun wooden hulled warship Caesar is about to be launched from the slipways of Pembroke Dockyard...
Wednesday 19 May 2010, 15:07
Everybody has heard about Florence Nightingale, the Lady with the Lamp. A woman of undoubted power and drive, she certainly deserves to be remembered as the founder of modern nursing.
Many will have heard about Mary Seacole, the black nurse who was turned down for inclusion in Nightingale's party because...
Thursday 25 March 2010, 09:31
Stories about witches are found all over the world - during the 16th and 17th centuries a "witch craze" in Europe saw over 100,000 people, mainly women, accused of witchcraft and executed by secular government and the church.
Yet there were relatively few witch trials in Wales, with only five Welsh witches...
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