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Thu, 14 Mar

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St Johns Church

Elizabeth Fry

The Quaker, Elizabeth Fry, was known in the 1800's as the 'angel of prisons' for her work in Newgate with female convicts. This this talk will also explore Elizabeth's childhood in Norwich and how she came to be such a remarkable social reformer.

Elizabeth Fry
Elizabeth Fry

Time & Location

14 Mar 2024, 14:00

St Johns Church, Broad Street, Harleston IP20 9AZ

About the event

The Quaker, Elizabeth Fry, was known in the 1800's as the 'angel of prisons' for her work in Newgate with female convicts, but this talk will also explore Elizabeth's childhood in Norwich and how she came to be such a remarkable social reformer.

Katharine Quarmby, who will give the talk, read the journal of Elizabeth Fry and other writings whilst doing research for her Harleston-based novel, The Low Road, and found that Elizabeth was a more complex character than the near saint depicted on bank notes.  She will explore the woman behind the banknote in this talk, with extracts from her journals.

Image from Welcome Images.  See page for author, CC BY 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0> via Wikimedia Commons

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