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Gower Street’s’ Enterprising Women’: transforming the home, the land, and politics, 1875-1928

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4:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room

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A fully Illustrated talk (free) by Elizabeth Crawford 

Rhoda and Agnes Garrett photo

Rhoda and Agnes Garrett [Rhoda (left) and Agnes (right)]

  • RHODA GARRETT (1841-1882)
  • AGNES GARRETT (1845-1935)
  • FANNY WILKINSON (1855-1951)
  • MILLICENT FAWCETT (1847-1929)

In the late-19th and early-20th centuries four pioneering women lived at 2 and 6 Gower Street, Bloomsbury. These houses were their homes as well as the sites of their commercial and campaigning enterprises.

The firm of 'R & A Garrett House Decorators' operated from number 2, which was first the home of the cousins Rhoda and Agnes Garrett. After Rhoda's death, it housed Agnes and her sister Millicent Fawcett, leader of the constitutional women's suffrage movement. 

Fanny Wilkinson lived and worked next door but one, at number 6. She was the first professional woman landscape gardener, responsible for laying out over 75 of London's public parks and gardens. 

All four women were also involved, together with an intriguing assortment of friends and relations, in any number of other campaigns. All worked to improve the position of women.

This fully-illustrated talk will describe the life and work of Rhoda Garrett, (1841-1882), Agnes Garrett (1845-1935), Fanny Wilkinson (1855-1951), and Millicent Fawcett (1847-1929).
Elizabeth Crawford is the author of a number of books on aspects of women's history. Of particular relevance to this talk is Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their Circle.

Timing: The talk 4pm-5.00pm will include a Q&A session. Attendees are invited to join a short Introduction to the Library at 5.15pm.

Please register via the Pascal Theatre Company Website.

The event forms part of Pascal Theatre Company’s two-year heritage lottery project: Women for Women: 19th century women in Bloomsbury. For More information on the project see: Introduction and Women - Pascal Theatre Company (

Further information on the women featured in the talk:

Agnes & Rhoda Garrett: Agnes Garrett  - Pascal Theatre Company (

Ellen Rope: Sculptors at the Slade  - Pascal Theatre Company ( Mary Rope - Pascal Theatre Company (

Fanny Wilkinson: Fanny Wilkinson - Pascal Theatre Company (

Millicent Fawcett: Millicent Fawcett - Pascal Theatre Company (

Date: 8 March 2024

Time: 4.00pm - 5.00pm

Venue: Seng Tee Lee Seminar Room, Senate House Library, 4th floor, Senate House, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU

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