Remarkable Norfolk women from history needed
A new website which promotes and celebrates the role Norfolk women have played in the history of the county and beyond has been launched today to coincide with International Women’s Day.
The Norfolk Women in History Timeline is an ongoing project designed to encourage people to find out more about some of the well known and not-so-well known women who have links to Norfolk.
The website features dozens of biographies of women spanning nearly 2,000 years, from Queen of the Iceni Boudicca, who died around 60 AD, to TV cook Delia Smith, famed for her role as a Norwich City Football Club shareholder and fan.
The project has been developed by the Norfolk Record Office, Norfolk County Council’s Library and Information Service and Norfolk Museums Service. The plan is to add to the website over time, and the partners are encouraging people to get in touch to suggest women who have a link to Norfolk who they think should be included and celebrated as part of the project.
Barry Stone, cabinet member for cultural services at Norfolk County Council, said: “International Women’s Day is held every year to inspire women and celebrate their achievements, and I’m really pleased that we’re contributing to this in Norfolk with the launch of this timeline.
“There are some fascinating biographies on the site, some of which are about women who haven’t had widespread acclaim but have had really remarkable lives and whose stories deserve to be told. We want the site to grow and become a source of information and inspiration, so please have a look at the timeline and get involved by suggesting women who you think should be included.”
Other women who are featured in the Norfolk Women in History Timeline include Edith Cavell, World War One nurse and heroine who was born and brought up in Swardeston, Julian of Norwich, who was the first woman to write a book in the English language around the turn of the 14th and 15th centuries, Margaret Fountaine, a diarist and adventurer who was born in South Acre near Swaffham, who travelled the world in the 19th century collecting butterflies, Benanna Summers from Northrepps near Overstrand, who was widowed at the age of 25 in 1850. She went on to work as a farmer, grocer and laundress to support her three children.
To find out more visit the website at www.norfolkwomeninhistory.com.
You can make a suggestion for someone you think should be included on the timeline by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 01603 222599.
You can also get in touch with suggestions via the Norfolk Record Office Twitter account www.twitter.com/NorfolkRO or on the record office Facebook page www.facebook.com/norfolkrecordoffice
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