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Crafty Women in the Eighteenth Century

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York Mansion House

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Join us for a drink and evening lecture that will illuminate the world of female craftsmanship in the 18th Century. Dr Chloe Wigston Smith (University of York) will be discussing the fascinating story of Hannah Robertson, who claimed to be the illegitimate granddaughter of Charles II. Robertson made crafts and also taught other women how to make them, through her school and her popular instructional manual The Schools of Arts. For Robertson, craft provided an escape from the strictures placed on Georgian women. Notably it allowed her to thrive and succeed in a period in which women were dependent financially dependent on men. Robertson knew all too well the problems of unreliable suitors, husbands and sons, but craft offered her a creative outlet and financial independence.

The event will be held in the State Room of the magnificently restored York Mansion House and will include a glass of prosecco on arrival.

This event is being held as part of York International Women's Week. To find out more, follow @yorkwomen on Twitter.

Dr Chloe Wigston Smith is Senior Lecturer in the Department of English and Related Literature, and the Centre for Eighteenth-Century Studies at the University of York.

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