Dorset Heroines
by David Beaton

Date: Tuesday 27 October 2015

An illustrated talk about the women living in Dorset who contributed to the county’s history, culture and folklore down the ages

Dorset Heroines

This talk tells the stories of some of the remarkable women who came from Dorset or who lived in the county. They include the 7th century Saint Judith, beheaded in Halstock, and the 8th century Saint Walburga, who became Abbess of Heidenheim monastery in Germany, built by her brothers as part of St Boniface’s mission to the Germans. Mary Anning, the 19th century fossil seller from Lyme Regis and honorary member of the Geological Society, is another, as is Marie Stopes (photo), who lived in the old lighthouse at Portland Bill. A scientist, she introduced the concept of family planning to a scandalised public with her 1918 book Married Love.

David Beaton is an author who has lived in Dorset for many years. His first book, Dorset Maps, was published in 2001, followed by Dorsets Forgotten Heroes in 2005.

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