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  • #31
    Shelley Memorial

    This is the Percy Byshe Shelley Memorial in the Christchuch Priory, Hampshire.

    It was created by Henry Weekes and erected in 1854.

    The sculpture depicts Mary Shelley grieving over her dead husband.

    I was amazed at its resemblance to The Pieta.


    • #32
      Oh thats so sad...he died when his boat sank didnt he? And he was burnt in a funeral pyre...


      • #33
        Shelley's Tragic Death: Truth & Myth

        I found an absolutely brilliant article by Richard Holmes, author of a recent Shelley biography, in which he explores the myths & legends which sprang up in the wake of Shelley's death.

        The poet was only 29 years old when he and two friends died while out sailing in 1822. Holmes has included details about the drowning and its aftermath which I had never heard before; it's very interesting.

        And apparently the Shelly memorial sculpture really was based on an Italian Pieta!

        There must have been many people at the time who found it sacreligious- but they found most of what Shelley did sacreligious, so perhaps that's appropriate.


        • #34
          Jane Addams & Ellen Gates Starr.

          Jane Addams (1860 – 1935) was a founder of the U.S. Settlement House movement, and one of the first women to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1931. Ellen Gates Starr (1859 – 1940) was an American social reformer and activist. In 1888, while on a European tour, Addams and Starr visited the university settlement Toynbee Hall in the East End of London. Named after the social reformer Arnold Toynbee, the settlement was run by Samuel Augustus Barnett, canon of St. Jude's Church. Situated in Commercial Street, Whitechapel, Toynbee Hall was Britain's first university settlement. The idea was to create a place where students from Oxford University and Cambridge University could work among, and improve the lives of the poor during their holidays. Most residents held down jobs in the City, or were doing vocational training, and so gave up their weekends and evenings to do relief work.

          This work ranged from visiting the poor and providing free legal aid to running clubs for boys and holding University Extension lectures and debates; the work was not just about helping people practically, it was also about giving them the kinds of things that people in richer areas took for granted, such as the opportunity to continue their education past the school leaving age. When Addams and Starr returned to Chicago in 1889, they decided to start a similar project. Helen Culver agreed to rent them Hull House for $60 a month. This large, abandoned mansion had been built by the wealthy businessman Charles J. Hull, in 1856. Situated in Halstead Street, most of the people living in the area were recently arrived immigrants from Italy and Germany. Addams and Starr moved into Hull House on 18th September 1889. Hull House was opened as a kindergarten but soon expanded to include a day nursery, an infancy care centre and further education classes.

          The Hull House complex once covered a city block on Chicago's West Side;
          only the original Hull mansion, now a museum, remains.

          Click to view the Hull House mansion.

          18 september 1889 Chicago Tribune: Jane Addams' Hull House opens.


          • #35
            Various references on wealthy philanthropist Angela Georgina Burdett-Coutts (1814-1906)
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            • #36
              Hon. Lilian Helen Montagu (1873–1963), like her father, Sir Samuel Montagu, the Jewish M.P. for Whitechapel and Tower Hamlets, became active in the Jewish community, establishing, for example, clubs for Jewish girls. She founded and was long a driving force behind the Liberal Jewish movement in England. While most of her work was in the 20th century, she was born a Victorian woman. See

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              • #37
                re: New 'Women In Asylums' Thread

                Those of you interested in 'Eminent Victorian Women' should find this new thread interesting.

                It's called 'Women In Asylums', and I think you'll be surprised how incredibly brave several Victorian women were who dared to expose the shocking conditions at female Insane Asylums.

                Elizabeth Packard was a perfectly sane American woman who was kidnapped & incarcerated by her own husband because she found his religious views too extreme and told him so...
                she was kept locked up as a "madwoman" for 3 years, enduring horrible conditions and even sexual abuse and witnessing what was done to her fellow inmates. After she was released she devoted the rest of her life to writing books & lobbying to expose the horrors of the asylum system. Her tireless efforts caused U.S. committal laws to be changed, and her work also helped to establish & safeguard the rights of married women.

                Nellie Bly was an incredibly daring young female Journalist who had herself declared "Insane" in order to be locked up in an Insane Asylum and then write about her experience. Her story was called "10 Days As A Madwoman" and is an amazing read; it caused a huge public sensation and established her professional career.

                'Women In Asylums' Thread:


                • #38
                  Originally posted by Currerbell View Post
                  My favourite women, three novelists, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte from Haworth in West Yorkshire. Famous for writing Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Villette. All the family are buried in Haworth except Anne who has a grave in St Marys church, Scarborough.




                  Jane Eyre is my favourite book ever I've loved it since I was 14. I recognised your user name as Charlotte's alias too.

                  They used Ellis, Acton and Currer Bell didn't they?

                  I love the Brontes and Marilyn.

                  Edith Nesbitt was a woman ahead of her time she wrote some wonderful children's books as well as some horror stories.

                  Lola Montez

                  Nancy Astor

                  Lillie Langtree

                  Amelia Bloomer

                  Jane Digby



                  • #39
                    Truth behind the death of suffragette Emily Davison is finally revealed:

                    Channel four programme tonight 26/5/13 on Emily Davison who was killed on 4 June 1913.




                    • #40
                      Have only just discovered this thread with it's very interesting links which have distracted me so far a whole afternoon and part of an evening.

                      Most people will by now be familiar with Helena Wojtczak by virtue of her amazing George Chapman book - many will not be aware she had previous experience as an author with "Notable Sussex Women" and "Women of Victorian Sussex" - by definition, neither of these works are confined to eminent Victorian women, but many are included...I won't claim either of these is quite up to the Chapman book, but both are very well researched and written, and, (heavily thumbed), in my library...

                      Helena also wrote a book called "Railwaywomen" - this is a quite remarkable account of the role played by women in the evolution and development of the British railway network...I would contend that this is easily up there with the Chapman book...I've had it in hardback since soon after it was published...OK this is off topic, but if you're in the least interested in railways you really do need to read this fascinating book...

                      I know I sound like an official Helena fanclub...but her stuff is honestly REALLY good...and in case anybody I've never even met the lady. I just appreciate good writing.

                      All the best



                      • #41
                        Megan Watts Hughes, posts 33 and 36 :



                        • #42
                          Originally posted by Cogidubnus View Post
                          I know I sound like an official Helena fanclub...but her stuff is honestly REALLY good...and in case anybody I've never even met the lady. Dave
                          Blimey! Just logged in after an absence to find this fulsome praise! I'm blushing, Dave. Railwaywomen was published in 2005 so it seems you've been a fan for nearly a decade, without my knowing. Must have been a big surprise to you when I suddenly popped up on JTRF in 2011!

                          If I ever find myself in your neck of the woods I'll drop by for a cuppa with you and the missus.But then you won't be able to say you've never met me ... LOL

                          Thanks again for the praise, and for buying all of my books! The only other person who I know has them all is RubyRetro. She had also read my women's history books long before "meeting" me here in the Ripper world.



                          • #43
                            Call it six or seven years then since I got "Railwaywomen" Helena...and I didn't put two and two together for ages...perhaps because I didn't join Casebook until well after you...

                            "Notable Sussex Women" and "Women of Victorian Sussex" were both bought recently...second-hand I'm afraid...

                            If you're ever Bognor way, please do drop by...if nothing else it'll give the cats someone fresh to molest!

                            All the best



                            • #44
                              Mrs Oliphant :



                              • #45
                                Unfortunately she never wrote a biography of The Oliphant Man.