TALK: Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather

Mrs Pankhurst’s Purple Feather by Tessa Boase

Monday 29th April, 19:45 at the Small Hall, East Croydon United Reformed Church. This talk is by Tessa Boase, author of the book of the same name. Twelve years before the suffragette movement began dominating headlines a very different women’s campaign caught the public imagination: to save birds from the cruel fashion for feathered hats. Leading the fight was one remarkable Croydon woman: Eliza Phillips – elderly, widowed, articulate and indomitable. Tessa Boase tells the forgotten story of the early RSPB, and how a handful of brave women fought against the plumage trade.

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