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Lunchtime Talk - Priscilla Wakefield: Tottenham activist and forgotten heroine

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Lunchtime Talk - Priscilla Wakefield: Tottenham activist and forgotten heroine

Time: March 25, 2019 from 12:15pm to 1:30pm
Location: Bruce Castle Museum
Street: Lordship Lane
City/Town: Tottenham
Website or Map: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/br…
Phone: 020 8808 8772
Event Type: lunchtime, talk, women's, history, heritage, local, free
Event Added By: Deborah Hedgecock
Latest Activity: Feb 24

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For Women's History Month, in Haringey we celebrate with Margaret Burr a forgotten local heroine - Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1852) of Tottenham. A well-connected Quaker, she was famous in her lifetime, and was actively engaged in social action and the alleviation of poverty in Tottenham.

As an author, she wrote 17 books for children on a range of subjects, including natural science. She also wrote a book on feminism and feminist economics in 1798, published by a radical publisher. Her philanthropic activities focused in particular on improving the lives of women and children.

Referred to today as the 'Mother of Microfinance', in addition to writing and publishing, Priscilla established local charities and a school, as well as founding the first Savings Bank in England.

Refreshments available.

Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.

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