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In praise of the Spinster!

A study day to praise the spinster! How have single women lived thier lives?

How have single women lived their lives over time? This study day explores single women’s lives and experience from the 18th century onwards.


Professor Marion Roberts | talks
Virginia Nicholson | talks
Dr Katherine Holdon | talks


Date and Time:

3 November 2007 at 11:00 am


Full Day



The Women's Library
London Metropolitan University
Old Castle Street
E1 7NT
020 7320 2222

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£20/£15 concessions

Available from:

The Women's Library
London Metropolitan University
25 Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT

Or by telephone: 020 7320 2222

Additional Information:

Study day
11 am: Close encounters:
Anna Seward and her Men

Red-haired, feisty and opinionated from an early age, Anna Seward found she had no desire to conform
to domestic or wifely duties in late eighteenth-century Lichfield. Rejecting
all suitors, building on her abilities and using the friendships of three men, she was able to develop her independence and literary skills to become one of the most successful women writers of her time. Historian Marion Roberts tells her story.

12pm Singled out:
Single women after World War One

After the First World War two million women discovered that there were, quite simply, not enough men to go round. Historian and author Virginia Nicholson pays tribute to a generation‘singled out’ by historical catastrophe,and explores how single women redefined themselves to create a truly modern Britain.

2pm The shadow of marriage:
unmarried women in mid twentiethcentury

Dr Katherine Holden of the University of the West of England, discusses images and ideas of singleness, whichaffected women who did not marry in the aftermath of the Second World War. How did the war cast a shadow over this generation of women and what is their legacy for single women today?

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