23rd October
Unmarried Women of the Country Estate – An Evening with Charlotte Furness

As the fight for women’s rights continues, and while men and women alike push for gender equality around the globe, this talk introduces the audience to four women who, in their own way, challenged and defied the societal expectations of the time in which they lived.

Some chose to be writers, some were successful businesswomen, some chose to nurture and protect, some traveled the globe, some were philanthropists. Each one made the conscious decision not to marry a man.

Elizabeth Isham of Lamport Hall, Ann Robinson of Saltram, Anne Lister of Shibden Hall and Rosalie Chichester of Arlington Court are elite women, all connected to country houses or from noble families throughout the UK. This talk explores to what extent privilege gave them the opportunity to choose the life they wanted, thus guiding the attendee to challenge their own beliefs about elite women throughout history.

This talk also offers an introduction to the history of marriage and societal expectations of women.

Starting in 1609 and traveling chronologically up to 1949, this evening tells their remarkable stories, revealing how strong, resilient and powerful women have always been.

Doors open at 6pm for a 6:30pm start. Tickets are £20pp and include a glass of wine or soft drink. Charlotte will be signing books after her talk. These can be pre-ordered at the time of booking tickets and a limited number will also be available to purchase by card on the night.

Tickets can be purchased here.