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Churchill History Lecture Series: Turning the pages of women’s scrapbooks on political and diplomatic activity, 1890-1939 – Cherish Watton

07 Mar 2019
Location: Jock Colville Hall, Churchill College
Start time: 17:30
End time: 19:00

This lecture, based on Cherish’s MPhil research, will look at scrapbooks created by women on political and diplomatic activity. Made out of photographs, newspaper articles, and other ephemeral material, scrapbooks are a treasure trove of memories. Scrapbooks provide a tantalising window into what political and diplomatic activity looked like for men and women in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth century. 

The lecture explores the different items women pasted in their scrapbooks and what they can tell us about how they wanted their own and their family members’ lives remembered. In particular, this lecture focuses on women whose scrapbooks are deposited in The Churchill Archives Centre. The first are those scrapbooks created by Florence Horsbrugh, one of the most notable female politicians of the twentieth-century. Her scrapbooks are some of the most personal documents that remain and tell us about how she wanted her political contributions to be remembered. This lecture will also open the scrapbooks created by Lady Adeline Hankey and Lady Theodosia Cadogan, who were married to diplomats Maurice Hankey and Alexander Cadogan respectively. Adeline and Theo poured a huge amount of time, energy, and love into these scrapbooks, taking seriously their role as memory keepers for their husbands.

After the lecture, the audience will have a chance to view some of the original scrapbooks in the Reading Rooms.

Cherish Watton received a Distinction for her MPhil in Modern British History, which she studied for at Churchill College. While at Churchill, Cherish received the inaugural Royal Historical Society Undergraduate Public History Prize for her website on the work of the Women’s Land Army.


Bookings are not necessary — all welcome.


For all enquiries please contact Amanda Jones, Archives Administrator. T: 01223 336166.

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