The Grand Jury Room at The Great Hall, The Castle, Castle Avenue, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8UJ
Part of our Extraordinary Women series – Charlotte Yonge of Otterbourne was a well-known and successful author. This talk led by Alys Blakeway will look at her impact on education in the area, from Otterbourne village girls to Winchester young ladies. PRE-BOOKING ESSENTIAL
Charlotte Yonge of Otterbourne was a well-known and successful author, whose annual sales were worth over £1000 in 1854, and who appealed to poets, artists, soldiers, undergraduates and schoolgirls. She worked in Otterbourne School for over 70 years (1830-1901), as a teacher, fund-raiser, administrator and manager. In Winchester she helped to found St Swithun's School, then the Winchester High School, where a scholarship was named after her.
Alys Blakeway is the secretary of the Charlotte Yonge Fellowship and a member of the Charlotte Yonge Society. Introduced to Charlotte Yonge's novels by her mother, she worked for 20 years in the Hampshire Local Studies Library, which has a good collection of Charlotte Yonge material, and there developed her knowledge of Charlotte Yonge's contributions to Victorian society, especially the education of girls and women of all classes. Her talk will discuss Charlotte Yonge’s impact on the local area.
Visitors will also find an Extraordinary Women Exhibition in The Great Hall, this is free to visit during Heritage Open Days 2018.
● Saturday 15 September: 1530-1630
The Great Hall is free to explore, but the talk must be pre-booked.
Max 30 people per tour/session. 45 minute talk with opportunity for audience Q&A.
The Grand Jury Room can be found upstairs.