Find an event near you in 2021
Exeter R.A.M. Museum – VIRTUAL EVENT
Thursday 21 October, 7-8pm
Exeter Museum has an extraordinary collection of vintage feathered hats – or 'murderous millinery', as described by the RSPB's female founders... I'll be putting this long-dead look in context – social, political and economic – and telling its intriguing story. Worth the equivalent of £20m to Britain annually, it's no wonder Parliament dragged its feet over passing the 1921 Plumage Act and stopping trade.
Manchester Art Gallery
12-13 November 2021
Commemorating the eco activists who built the early RSPB. Come and check out the four, beautiful bronze maquettes celebrating founder Emily Williamson: a last chance to vote for your favourite. Admire the three large portraits of those formidable Victorian women, drawn by Clare Abbatt, displayed for the first time.
Friday 12 Nov 6-8pm: The Emily Williamson Debate brings together the women now leading our birding institutions and asks, what difference is this making to conservation? £10/£8
Saturday 13 Nov 2pm: The Women Who Saved the Birds - Author Talk with Tessa Boase.
When I asked the RSPB about their Victorian founder, they pleaded a gaping hole in the archives. To a former investigative journalist, this was an irresistible challenge. £8/£6