• Mary Ann Gilbert

    Mary Ann Gilbert

    Years: 1776 - 1845

    Role: Agronomist and social reformer

    1776 – 1845 Mary Ann Gilbert was born into the wealthy and prominent Gilbert family in 1776. At the age of 6 she lost her father and when her mother […]

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  • Wilhelmina Brodie Hall

    Years: 1845 - 1939

    Role: Guardian at Eastbourne Workhouse, early proponent of foster care

    1845 – 1939 Wilhelmina was born in Eastbourne in 1845 to Dr David Hall and Anna Brodie. She was the youngest child and lived at various addresses in Eastbourne.

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  • Hendrina Holman Bentley

    Hendrina Holman Bentley

    Years: 1855 - 1928

    Role: Victorian missionary in The Congo

    1855 – 1928 Hendrina Holman Bentley (nee Kloekers) was a Victorian missionary in The Congo. In her obituary she was described as a ‘woman of wide interests, great strength of […]

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  • Ada Ellen Bayly

    Years: 1857 - 1903

    Role: Novelist

    1857 – 1903 a.k.a Edna Lyall. Ada Ellen Bayly was born in Brighton at No. 5 Montpelier Villas on the 25th March 1857, she was the youngest of 4 children […]

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  • Edith Nesbitt

    Edith Nesbit

    Years: 1858 - 1924

    Role: Author and co-founder of The Fabian Society

    1858 – 1924 Edith Nesbit, who her family called Daisy, is known to her reading public as E . Nesbit. She wrote initially for adults in order to support her […]

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  • Marie Corbett

    Marie Corbett

    Years: 1859 - 1932

    Role: Early proponent of foster care, Co-founder Liberal Woman's Suffrage Society

    1859 – 1932 Victorian women had few rights and little say in politics. Their place was very much in the home unless they were extremely wealthy and brave enough to […]

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  • Emily Phipps

    Years: 1865 - 1943

    Role: Headmistress, Feminist, Barrister and important figure in the National Union of Women Teachers.

    1865 – 1943 Emily Phipps was a headmistress, a feminist, a barrister and an important figure in the National Union of Women Teachers. . Known for her sparkling personality, wit […]

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  • Lady Emily Shackleton

    Years: 1868 - 1936

    Role: Emissary, progressive, Divisional Commissioner, Girl Guides

    1868 – 1936 Emily Mary Dorman, later to become Lady Ernest Shackleton, was born into a large wealthy family in Sydenham, Kent. The surname is well known because of her […]

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  • Violet Gordon-Woodhouse

    Years: 1871 - 1948

    Role: Musician

    1871 – 1948 Violet was born on the 23rd April 1871 to James Eglinton Gwynne and Mary (May) Earle. She spent her early years at Folkington Manor, just outside Eastbourne, […]

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  • Alice Hudson

    Years: 1877 - 1960

    Role: Justice of the Peace and first female Mayor of Eastbourne

    1877 – 1960 Eastbourne Town Hall was only 40 years old when it had it’s first woman councillor, Miss Alice Hudson in 1919. She subsequently became the first female Mayor […]

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  • Mabel Lucie Atwell

    Years: 1879 - 1964

    Role: Illustrator and author

    1879 – 1964 Mabel Lucie Attwell was a British illustrator. She was known for her cute, nostalgic drawings of children, based on her daughter, Peggy. Her drawings are featured on […]

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  • Winifred Lady Peck

    Winifred Lady Peck

    Years: 1882 - 1962

    Role: Author

    1882 – 1962 On the death of her mother when she was nine, Winifred went to live with her aunt in Eastbourne and attended school there. She wrote over 20 […]

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  • Elsie Bowerman

    Years: 1889 - 1973

    Role: Barrister, Author and Titanic survivor

    1889 – 1973 Elsie Edith Bowerman was born in Tunbridge Wells and died in Eastbourne. She challenged the establishment by becoming a suffragist whilst at Girton College, Cambridge and again […]

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  • Jessy Blackburn

    Years: 1894 - 1995

    1894 – 1995 Jessy was born 20th April 1894 and christened Tryphena Jessy Thompson the youngest daughter of Wesley and Catherine. She became the first woman to fly a monoplane […]

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  • Noel Streatfeild

    Noel Streatfeild

    Years: 1895 - 1986

    Role: Author

    1895 – 1986 Born into a family of clergy in Frant, Mary Noel Streatfeild, known as Noel, grew up to be one of England’s most-loved authors of children’s fiction, books […]

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  • Peggy Angus

    Years: 1904 - 1993

    Role: Artist and Designer

    1904 – 1993 Peggy Angus was born in Chile and came from a large family. Despite a Chilean upbringing Peggy was Scottish, and was soon sent away to Scotland for […]

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  • Elizabeth David

    Elizabeth David

    Years: 1913 - 1992

    Role: Cookery Writer

    1913 – 1992 Elizabeth David is well-known as an influential cookery writer. She was born Elizabeth Gwynne at Wootton Manor, near Polegate. Her father, Rupert Gwynne was Conservative MP for […]

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  • Angela Carter

    Years: 1940 - 1992

    Role: Writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and plays

    1940 – 1992 Angela Carter was a writer in the second half of the 20th century whose work dealt with areas of magical realism and adventure with undertones of feminism. […]

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Tania Long

66 years of Art and Life: Inspirational Artist Tania Long

Throughout history, there have been many creative artists and teachers who have dedicated their lives to their craft. One such

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Pier 2 Peer Annual Charity Walk, Run or Cycle, Eastbourne, Pevensey, Hastings

Pier 2 Peer Annual Charity Walk, Run or Cycle

Join Wayfinder Woman’s second charity walk between Eastbourne and Hastings Piers to raise funds to keep our volunteer

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Women in Lockdown: stories by and about women during Covid-19

Women in Lockdown

We launched Women in Lockdown: stories by and about women during Covid-19 at Eastbourne’s Town Hall at a packed event

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