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Charlotte Yonge The Educator: a talk by Alys Blakeway

  • The Grand Jury Room The Great Hall, Castle Avenue Winchester, England, SO23 8UJ United Kingdom (map)


Charlotte Yonge of Otterbourne was a well-known and successful author, whose annual sales were worth over £1000 in 1854, and who appealed to poets, artists, soldiers, undergraduates and schoolgirls. She worked in Otterbourne School for over 70 years (1830-1901), as a teacher, fund-raiser, administrator and manager. In Winchester she helped to found St Swithun's School, then the Winchester High School, where a scholarship was named after her.

This talk led by Alys Blakeway has been organised by Wire Wool Events especially for Winchester Heritage Open Days.

This talk will look at her impact on education in the area, from Otterbourne village girls to Winchester young ladies.

Alys Blakeway is the secretary of the Charlotte Yonge Fellowship and a member of the Charlotte Yonge Society. Introduced to Charlotte Yonge's novels by her mother, she worked for 20 years in the Hampshire Local Studies Library, which has a good collection of Charlotte Yonge material, and there developed her knowledge of Charlotte Yonge's contributions to Victorian society, especially the education of girls and women of all classes. Her talk will discuss Charlotte Yonge’s impact on the local area.

Please note The Grand Jury Room is on the first floor and is accessible by stairs. Disabled access is by escort only.