Annual workshop & Summer visit

Wednesday 15 June 2022 Summer visit: Hammerwood Park, Hammerwood, East Grinstead

Saturday 24 September 2022 Annual Workshop: ‘On the Margins: Interrogating the notion of marginal status in the Long Eighteenth Century’(Please scroll down for Workshop)

Wednesday 15 June 2022 Annual visit to Hammerwood Park, Hammerwood, East Grinstead, East Sussex RH19 3QE Please note that the postcode is for the village. Please consult the ‘Visit’ page of the Hammerwood Park website listed below for more accurate directions. It is an easy taxi ride from East Grinstead station and the website provides two additional nearby stations, although these do not have taxi ranks.                     Entry charge £10 in cash per adult, Children/students free.
14:00 Tour of eighteenth-century house and gardens – to include house designed by Benjamin Latrobe, who later emigrated to America and designed the Capitol building and embellished The White House,  Washington DC.

Formerly owned by Status Quo, Hammerwood Park has been rescued from dereliction by the present owners and contains many original features, such as the Coade plaques on the pediments and a more recently acquired Victorian ‘Parthenon frieze’ in their tea room, where tea and cakes will be available to purchase. The house also includes an interesting collection of historic instruments.

16:00 WSG member Dr Penelope Cave LRAM GRSM ARAM PhD, FISM PhD will perform Sonata no V in G major, written by Dr Charles Burney on a harpsichord in their eighteenth-century drawing room. Penelope will then move to an early piano to perform Le Séjour Agréable, Op.2 by his grand-daughter, Cecilia Burney.
If you wish to attend please email Trudie Messent via
Optional morning suggestions for car drivers/passengers Royal Tunbridge Wells and High Rocks (on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells en route to Hammerwood Park.
 15 June 10:00 Royal Tunbridge Wells is famous for its spa waters, the Pantiles and the Assembly rooms. Unfortunately the spa water tasting room is generally not open on a Wednesday.
12:00 onwards Lunch at High Rocks Restaurant and Public House, opposite the High Rocks National Monument. The pub has lovely gardens if the day is fine. The address is High Rocks  Lane, Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN3 9JJ. The High Rocks in the park opposite are spectacular and feature in many eighteenth-century literary accounts.

High Rocks is a 30 minute drive from Hammerwood Park so we will leave here just before 13:15.

There is no public transport from Royal Tunbridge Wells station to High Rocks or from High Rocks to Hammerwood Park so a car is necessary. If you contact Trudie she will see if she can help with lifts or taxi shares.
Saturday 24 September 2022 Annual Workshop: ‘On the Margins: Interrogating the notion of marginal status in the Long Eighteenth Century’

Workshop speakers are Dr Karen Lipsedge and  Dr Emma Newport

This will be held in person at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ

Organiser : Miriam Al Jamil. Contact email:

Further workshop details will be available closer to the date.


The Women’s Studies Group 1558-1837 annual workshop typically takes place every spring at The Foundling Museum, London.  The one-day workshop includes lunch, as well as refreshments, in the booking cost.  The day always follows the same format: a distinguished invited speaker provides the keynote in the morning, followed by discussion and lunch; then participants each give a 5-minute presentation on a subject relevant to the theme of the keynote, followed by discussion, and then the close of the workshop.  Previous speakers have included Professor Judith Hawley  of Royal Holloway, University of London, Professor Laura Gowing of King’s College London and Professor Jeanice Brooks of the University of Southampton.

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