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A Grandmother's Legacy - the memsahibs and their servants

Talks - History; Talks - Biography

Event Description

In this talk, we discover the very first memsahibs to set foot into India in 1617, and learn about how a fair amount of hoodwinking took place by the ladies who travelled out to the East Indies at a time when the East India Company expressly forbade women to do this. We learn of the fishing fleet ladies - those English young women of marriageable age who found themselves faced with the social stigma of spinsterhood, being looked upon as objects of pity. Their only way to gain a hand in marriage was to go in search of a husband, and quickly… We learn of the challenges that lay ahead for them in running a household and the considerations that they would need to bear in mind when hiring their servants.

  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Online Zoom Event: An event held in person
  • Join as an individual or book for private groups up to 300
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Meet The Speaker, Jenny

Jenny’s career has been the culmination of several instinctive paths in her life which have led her to enjoying being an author and now a public speaker. Her years in BBC Television production followed by a career based on travelling around the world re-ignited her passions for cooking, India, research and writing. Jenny manages to bring to light the personal stories behind five generations of her ancestors who lived out in India during the British Raj. Her stories are brought to life spectacularly with a treasure trove collection of family sepia photographs which go back to 1865.

Preparing for the Event

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