March Talk – Thursday 16th March at 7.30pm

Six Warrior Women of the English Civil Wars 1642-51

Perhaps a little known fact, that during the English Civil War women were not meek bystanders who took no part in the conflict but actively participated in a variety of ways, challenging the orthodoxies of their day and perhaps our own preconceptions.

They were fighters, spies, couriers, petitioners to both Parliament and the Royalists, responsible for protecting their homes from soldiers and raising the money they needed to survive while their husbands were away.

Learn about the incredible reversal of the traditional women’s roles, with for example, cross-dressing soldiers; widows seeking compensation from Parliament and women as political activists.

This fascinating talk by Stephen Barker looks briefly at six women who took part in the fighting, undertook spying missions and negotiated deals with politicians.

Join us either Live at the museum of via Live stream from your home.

Thursday 16th March, at 7.30pm

Tickets: £7 / £5 members.  Book HERE

Stephen Barker is an independent Heritage Advisor  He worked at Banbury Museum and the Soldiers of Oxfordshire Museum. Stephen has delivered projects for University of Oxford, Oxford Brookes University and the Battlefields Trust, amongst many others. He delivers presentations and tours related to the First World War and British Civil Wars. He is a Trustee of the Bucks Military Museum Trust and is an Arts Council Museum Mentor. He is the author of ‘Lancashire’s Forgotten Heroes’ – the 8th East Lancs in the Great War and ‘The Flying Sikh: Hardit Singh Malik’.