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Friends of Bruce Castle

The support group for Bruce Castle Museum, Archives and Park
Munch & Listen - Lunchtime historical talk

Priscilla Wakefield: Tottenham’s Forgotten Pioneer, Author and Activist for the Poor

by Margaret Burr (Friends of Bruce Castle)

Monday 30 March 2020, 12.15pm (doors open at 12 noon)

We celebrate a forgotten local pioneer - Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1852) of Tottenham. A well-connected Quaker, famous in her lifetime, she was actively engaged in social action and the alleviation of poverty in Tottenham. Having to support her own family, Priscilla set her mind to business and one of the few work opportunities open to women at the time – that of writing and publishing books. A successful author of 17 children’s books covering a range of subjects, including natural science, she also wrote about feminist economics, published by a radical publisher in 1798. Her philanthropic activities helped improve the lives of women and children.

Referred to today as the 'Mother of Microfinance', in addition to her business-like approach to writing and publications, Priscilla established local charities and a school, as well as founding the first Penny Savings Bank in England.

Refreshments available

Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle