The Winchester Discovery Centre, Jewry Street, Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8SB
Part of our Extraordinary Women series - this talk by local historian Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful will explore how Mary Sumner’s activism was shaped by her geographical locations in her life and her network of influential kin and friends. PRE-BOOKING RECOMMENDED
Mary Sumner (1828-1921) is remembered as the founder of the Mothers’ Union, a vibrant contemporary Anglican organisation with a worldwide membership of 4 million. The Mothers’ Union celebrates its origins in the 1876 Mothers’ meeting hosted by Mary Sumner in Old Alresford Rectory. Ten years later the Mothers’ Union had been adopted as a Winchester diocesan organisation following the Church Congress at Portsmouth. After this the society grew rapidly nationally and transnationally. By the time of Mary Sumner’s death in 1921 the Mothers’ Union had a membership of nearly 400,000.
The esteem in which she was held is indicated by 4,000 mourners who attended her funeral in Winchester Cathedral. This talk will map Mary Sumner’s life, activism and standing in society, and will place Mary’s ideas on motherhood, marriage and the education of children in relation to the geographical locations in her life, contemporary issues in religion, society and education and her relationships with influential kin and friends.
Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful is the author of Mary Sumner, Mission, Education and Motherhood: thinking a life with Bourdieu (Lutterworth 2018). A long term resident of Winchester, she is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winchester, where she teaches history and the pedagogy of history. Sue is a member of the university’s Centre for the History of Women’s Education.
● Saturday 15 September: 1830-1930
Whilst booking it not essential, it is highly recommended. Priority will be given to those who have pre-booked.
Max 100 people per tour/session. 45 min talk with opportunity for audience Q&A.