City Women in the 18th Century

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London Metropolitan Archives

40 Northampton Road

London

EC1R 0HB

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This talk which ties into the outdoor exhibition ‘City Women in the 18th Century’ (21 Sept – 18 Oct) brings to light the women trading along the length of Cheapside from Paternoster Square to the Royal Exchange, through their ornately engraved business cards. Then, as now, the Cheapside area was known for its luxury goods. Unlike now, most of those goods were made on the premises. It is often assumed today that women did not enter the labour force before the 20th century, but this exhibition uncovers an extraordinary number of women who ran manufacturing and commercial businesses in the heart of 18th-century London. Come hear more about these milliners, goldsmiths, fan-makers, and printers, and those that they employed.

For the exhibition, see http://citywomen.hist.cam.ac.uk/

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Amy Louise Erickson (lecturer in history at Cambridge University)

Image: Business card engraved by William Hogarth in 1730 for his sisters’shop, courtesy of the Trustees of the British Museum.

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London Metropolitan Archives

40 Northampton Road

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EC1R 0HB

United Kingdom

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