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Surgeon, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

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Course: Surgeon, Sailor, Soldier, Spy
Tutor: Geraldine Beare
Start Date: 10th March 2018
Start Time: 09.45am
End Time: 4.00pm
Fee: £54.00 What's included?

In these days of equality we take it for granted that women can go into any profession without hindrance or ridicule. Up until the twentieth century however, if a woman wanted to be a doctor, a soldier, a sailor or indeed a spy then either she had to dress and act like a man or she hid who she was for fear of being found out. This course will look at some of these brave ladies including Dr James Barry who went undiscovered as a woman until her death; Anne Bonny and Mary Read who thoroughly enjoyed themselves as pirates on the high seas; Harriet Tubman, an African American, who acted as a spy and was the first woman to lead an armed assault in the American Civil War, and Nancy Wake and Violette Szabo two of the most famous spies of the Second World War.

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Geraldine Beare

Geraldine Beare is a professional indexer and writer. She has indexed Punch(1890-1970), contributed biographical articles for the New DNB (Dictionary of National Biography) and is at present indexing film newsreels of the 20th century. She was for many years a member of a historical newspaper discussion group based at London University and has collaborated with the British Library Newspaper Library at Colindale, North London, on the indexing of local newspapers.

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