Munch and Listen: Priscilla Wakefield - Tottenham activist and forgotten heroine
Priscilla Wakefield, Quaker, feminist and activist.
By Margaret Burr, local historian and Friend of Bruce Castle.
- Monday 25 March, 12.15pm - doors open 12 noon
For Women's History Month, in Haringey we celebrate with Margaret Burr a forgotten local heroine - Priscilla Wakefield (1751-1852) of Tottenham. A well-connected Quaker, she was famous in her lifetime, and was actively engaged in social action and the alleviation of poverty in Tottenham.
As an author, she wrote 17 books for children on a range of subjects, including natural science. She also wrote a book on feminism and feminist economics in 1798, published by a radical publisher. Her philanthropic activities focused in particular on improving the lives of women and children.
Referred to today as the 'Mother of Microfinance', in addition to writing and publishing, Priscilla established local charities and a school, as well as founding the first Savings Bank in England.
Kindly supported by the Friends of Bruce Castle.