Local activist Peter Roscoe returns for another fascinating presentation..
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?