Violette Szabo: agent behind enemy lines

Violette Szabo

The women agents of WWII If you have already taken part in our Inspiring Women tour you will have heard of the hundreds of thousands of women who across the British Empire contributed to the defeat the Axis powers. Most did so in non-combatant roles, such as mechanics, clerks and drivers. Only a few dozen … Continue reading Violette Szabo: agent behind enemy lines

William Wilberforce’s legacy

William Wilberforce

Early reluctance, later tenacity William Wilberforce was born on 24th August 1759 in Kingston upon Hull. He became an independent MP for Yorkshire in 1784 and kept his seat in Parliament for 28 years. His name is synonymous with the 18th century campaign for the abolition of the slave trade. William Wilberforce though was not … Continue reading William Wilberforce’s legacy

Florence Nightingale: her dream and her resilience

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale's legacy Florence Nightingale was born this week in 1820 (on 12th May). She is widely known for her influence on elevating nursing from a menial task to a respectable and appreciated profession. In 19th century Victorian Britain, nursing was considered a dirty profession of questionable reputation and left in the hands of the … Continue reading Florence Nightingale: her dream and her resilience

The Women’s Rights Movement and Evangelicalism

Millicent Fawcett

Women's long battle for equal rights It’s here – at last! Millicent Fawcett's statue was unveiled this week, the first woman to be honoured on Parliament Square, and with her all those who fought the long and hard fight for women to have equal rights, in Britain and beyond. Millicent Fawcett, Lydia Becker, the Pankhursts … Continue reading The Women’s Rights Movement and Evangelicalism

The 10 martyrs remembered at Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey martyrs

Westminster Abbey’s beginnings date back to 960 AD when Benedictine monks built the first sanctuary on what was then known as Thorney Island. Since then it has undergone several periods of reconstruction, modification and addition, its most recent one being the 10 statues above the Western entrance. Often overlooked as they so nicely fit into … Continue reading The 10 martyrs remembered at Westminster Abbey