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Unsung heroines & pioneers

Two exhibitions in Leeds are exploring the lives of female ancestors in the home, school and workplace, to mark the centenary year in 2018 of the first women getting the vote.

A Woman’s Place? at Abbey House Museum in Kirkstall, opening on 20 January, reveals how everyday life has changed for women since the Victorian era. Brought to life through witty illustrations by Jacky Fleming, the exhibition features stories and objects from 1860 to the present day linked to pioneering women; from suffragette Leonora Cohen’s WSPU badge to a gown worn by Councillor Joyce Challenor in the 1960s.

Four relatively unsung heroines who lived and worked in Leeds are also being honoured with new commemorative ceramics by local artist Katch Skinner: 1940s all-female jazz band leader Ivy Benson, from Holbeck, Morley cycling champion Beryl Burton, suffragette Mary Gawthorpe and Edith Pechey, one of the UK’s first female doctors, who practisays and workshops.

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Make the most of hibernation indoors this winter with our January 2018 issue. It’s full of family history tips and stories, plus a masterclass guide to essential church records. In addition, there are this issue’s Family Tree Academy challenges for our genealogy learn-along. If you have a new smart phone or device, you’ll love our new series with technology tips for family historians (don’t miss a trick that the web or your mobile can help you out with!). There is so much to enjoy, there’s no time to waste! Wishing you a very Happy New Year of family history to come.