Janet, 1895
Photo supplied by Denis Blight

Denis Blight


In 1901 a young parlour maid, Janet Loaring, stepped on Board the S.S. Perthshire to travel to Australia from Dorset in the United Kingdom with 43 other young, single women, escorted by a matron. In the Upstairs/Downstairs society of Victorian England, like her fellow travellers, she was definitely from the lower floors: her father a domestic gardener who died in six months earlier in 1900, her mother a dressmaker. Her eldest brother had emigrated in 1886, which was some comfort as she waved goodbye to her mother.

Janet’s diary of …

Celebrating a landmark edition: Francoise de Graffigny’s letters

The following is reproduced from the Voltaire Foundation (University of Oxford)  site with the permission of Pippa Faucheux.  It follows the completion of a 40-year project publish the critical edition of Mme de Graffigny’s correspondence which was completed in 2016.  WHN Admin.



Portrait de Mme de Graffigny par Pierre-Augustin Clavareau, Lunéville, Musée du château, inv.2011.2.1, cliché T. Franz: Conseil général de Meurthe-et-Moselle



Celebrating the completion of this landmark edition

Françoise de Graffigny (1695-1758), French novelist and playwright whose talent was celebrated all over Europe after the publication of her novel Lettres d’une Péruvienne (1747), and her play Cénie (1750), knew

A Warrior of the People

A Warrior of the People (2016) St Martin’s Press New York.  

Joe Starita


Although a dedicated kindle reader, I picked up this biography and immediately felt the pleasure of holding a well published book. This one is comfortable to hold, the print is easy to read and although it feels physically light it is a substantial creation. The content met the expectations I formed on reading the back-cover blurb, information about the detailed recognition of the collaborative nature of the work and the dedication: ‘For all the women warriors —-past, present, and future.


A Warrior of the People

Women’s Workwear Styles: surviving the Past 100 Years

Thank you to  Carolyn Greenwood from Aspinall London provided the following text and media.


Women’s Workwear Styles:  Surviving the Past 100 Years

From the androgynous waistlines of the twenties all the way up to Ally McBeal’s microminis, the history of women’s workwear gives us a unique perspective on the events of the twentieth century as well as the changing role of women.


Which iconic styles have stood the test of time?




  • Women were given the vote and afforded the same political rights as men and won some educational and professional improvements.
  • Women ditched the corset, embracing