Maud Sellers, Guild Member

Maud Sellers (1861-1939) was the first female member of The Company of Merchant Adventurers of the City of York in nearly 400 years; she was made an Honorary Member in 1913 and became the Honorary Curator of the Hall in 1918. Born in Harrogate and educated at Newnham College, Cambridge, she obtained her doctorate in […]

Joyce Pickard, Peace Campaigner

Joyce Pickard (1921- 2017), Quaker, peace campaigner, and educator, was born in Derby in 1921, and educated at the University of London Westfield College, taking a modern language degree and then a teaching certificate. She moved to York when she was appointed head teacher at the Mount School in 1960, the youngest ever, and she […]

Iris Lemare, Composer

Lemare, Iris Margaret Elsie (1902–1997) was the first professional British woman conductor, and also a keen supporter of the music of British composers. She was the first woman to conduct the BBC Symphony Orchestra (in 1936, and 1937) – which caused a stir in the press. Educated at the Royal College of Music, she attended […]

Doreen Bolton, Publican

Doreen Bolton (1910-1996) was landlady of the Royal Oak, Goodramgate from 1938 until 1950, and claimed to be the youngest landlady in Yorkshire at the time. A member of the Gretton family of publicans, her grandmother held a licence in 1910s, the Barrack Tavern in her husband’s name (as was customary then) and Ye Olde […]

Catherine Crane, York’s Medical Officer for Health

Born in 1903, Catherine Beatrice Crane trained at the London School of Medicine, graduating in 1930. In 1936 she was appointed assistant Medical Officer of Health for York and Chief Medical Officer for maternity and child welfare for the city. She became York’s Medical Officer of Health in 1946, and stayed in that post for […]

Irene Faulkner, Educator, Councillor, Magistrate

Irene Faulkner [1918 – 2010], of South Bank, York, trained as a nursery teacher and later worked in further education.  A pioneer in the world of education, in the early 1950, when there was no nursery education available, in order to help working mothers with very small children, she set up a nursery school at […]

Celebration Event [15th December]

We are planning a celebration event at York Explore Library, 11am to 2pm on Saturday, 15 December 2018. Confirmed speakers include Rachael Maskell MP, Laura Yeoman, Archivist at York Explore, and Yvie Holder, Equalities Campaigner and Poet. There will be an exhibition, website launch, and cake. Drop-in free session. Please put this date in your […]

York women’s group is looking for new members

WOMEN’S group Herstory.York is seeking additional members. The group’s aim is to research 100 women whose stories have remained largely untold, but who have effected change in the city. These women were active between 1918, when some women were able to vote for the first time, and 2018 and the project aims to highlight their […]