An Illustrated Guide to England through Women's Eyes

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An illustrated guide through England finding the hidden stories of the famous but also finding the forgotten women by visiting their homes, their work, their walks, their travels, their churches, their inspirations, their portraits, their writings, their resting places from – duchesses to maids, politicians to philanthropists, saints to sinners, creative writers and artists to practical pioneers, all a rich tapestry of their struggles and ours.


  • Westminster, Whitehall, crossing the river – Florence Nightingale Museum
  • The Tower of London,a spat on the steps of St Pauls, Catherine Booth’s Salvation Army
  • St James, Mayfair, Belgravia, Buckingham Palace Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery, Trafalgar Square, Covent Garden, Fleet Street and Mrs Beaton
  • Outer London and East Midlands – stately homes and their mistresses, doctors, suffragettes, college founders
  • Yorkshire, Bronte moors, Abbotess and secret lesbians.
  • Far North of England – Beatrix Potter Country, Saint Josephine Butler, Emily Wilding Davidson
  • South and West England – Jane Austin, Daphne du Maurier, pilgrims, painters, Miss Beale

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Reveal the lives of interesting women in situ of their own homes, places they visited, places they are recognised in.
  2. Uncover the lives of women who have been forgotten or maligned by history, and the stories less known of famous women through their letters and diaries.
  3. Promote an interest in travelling to England with a new slant on visiting places.