Dame Agnes Weston - The Sailors' Friend (CANCELLED)
Dame Agnes Weston (Image courtesy: Aggie's)
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University

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Please note that this presentation has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances - the organisers apologise for any inconvenience caused (page updated 10.33am / 26 May 2015).

Ros Black presents an illustrated talk about Plymouth’s Agnes Weston, founder of The Royal Sailors’ Rests and the first woman to be granted a funeral with full naval honours. 

Her welfare work for sailors and their families spanned 45 years, including a major contribution during the First World War. Aggie, as she was affectionately known, is one of the women featured in Ros’s new book Scandal Salvation and Suffrage – The Amazing women of The Temperance Movement.

Ros is a writer and amateur historian who has specialised in women’s temperance history, though she is not a teetotaller herself. She previously managed a charity which provides housing and support for disadvantaged people, including those with alcohol problems. She now delights in uncovering stories of women who did similar work but in very different times. She has been described as an enthusiastic speaker who brings stories to life.

Free admission but booking is essential via the above link.

Dame Agnes's work continues to this day and Aggie Weston's (a Christian charity) is here to help serving sailors, marines and their families. Aggie's has people at bases around the country who can offer one-to-one support. The charity also provides social opportunities and activities where friendships may be formed. Visit the Aggie's website for further information.

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