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Talk: ‘On War Service’ – Women in the Royal Dockyards during the First World War

Much is known about Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses, the ‘Land Girls’, and those that served in military organisations such as the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) but less is known about the women who helped to keep the Royal Navy afloat. Dr Melanie Bassett will explore aspects of work, womanhood and widowhood to highlight their wartime experiences. ...

Talk: Mary Lacy, The Female Shipwright, in Context

Mary Lacy was the first known female Shipwright. In May 1759, aged 19, Lacy changed into men’s clothes, travelled to Chatham and joined the crew of the newly launched 90-gun ship Sandwich as Carpenter’s Mate under the name of William Chandler. Join us on Thursday 15 July, when Dr. Margarette Lincoln will explore Mary Lacy’s biography, published in 1773. ...

Talk: Fanny Palmer Austen: Challenges and Achievements in Making a Family Home onboard HMS Namur

As part of our Hidden Heroines talks programme, Sheila Johnson Kindred, author of the award-winning book, Jane Austen’s Transatlantic Sister: The Life and Letters of Fanny Palmer Austen (2017), will talk about Fanny Austen’s unusual experiences as a naval wife and mother. ...