Significant Others: Companions or ‘just good friends’. Does it matter?
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A 10.15am start for this, the first of 2 presentations (followed by Quinn Roache)
Significant Others: Companions or ‘just good friends’. Does it matter? [FREE entry]
Joan Lander (1917 - 1997) & Valerie Curtis [Wellington] - The last owner of Sunnycroft;
Eglantyne Jebb (1876 - 1928) & Margaret Keynes [Ellesmere] - Save the Children Fund;
Dame Agnes Hunt (1867- 1948) & Emily Goodford [Baschurch] Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital;
Samuel Butler (1835 - 1902) & Henry Festing Jones [Shrewsbury]. Author, painter, photographer and musician.
Local LGBT+ activist Peter Roscoe has been exploring these ‘friendships’. On this journey, it became clear to him that, for Joan, Eglantyne, Agnes and Samuel, their ‘significant others’ (usually referred to as ‘friends’ or ‘companions’ by historians and archivists) were essential to their happiness and their life achievements. Not so for others; some found the suggestion that their sexuality may have been other than heterosexual unacceptable, unimportant or irrelevant.
WHY SUCH RESISTANCE WHEN SEXUALITY IS NAMED?
Peter's presentation is at 10.15am and will be followed at 11.15am by Quinn Roache, whose presentation is on: A history of Trade Union support for LGBT+ Workers’ Rights