In search of hidden herstories

Spent two days at Heron Corn Mill pursuing hunches.  The Matilda Betham  research has steered me into reading about women and insanity. As mentioned in a previous post, Elaine Bailey has written about this in Insanity and the Lunatic Asylum in the Nineteenth Century ed. by Thomas Knowles and Serena Trowbridge in respect of (Mary) Matilda Betham, (the poet, diarist …

Writing about the book

I wrote something new on The House working diary pages about books. It’s a bit of a meandering around the word approaching its uses in that piece of work which I have just performed for the Gendered Citizenship and Performance Conference at the University of Warwick (that is actually in Coventry) – old tramping ground (Note: I use tramping in …

Enter Matilda Betham (1777-1852) the fourth lady of Beetham

I was introduced to this woman by Audrey Steeley the Creative Projects Manager at Heron Corn Mill.  She sent me a copy of House of Letters (a collection of her correspondences)  written by Ernest Betham in 1905. Of course you will see the link here – Betham (Beetham – where the mill is – it’s the family associated with the …