The Hardy Sisters:  A Talk by Anne Johns and Jenny Head

The Hardy Sisters: A Talk by Anne Johns and Jenny Head

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The Salisbury Museum

65 The Close



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Anne Johns and Jenny Head will talk about Thomas Hardy's sisters - Mary and Kate - and their lives in Salisbury, Wessex and beyond

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Mid-Victorian England was a hard place for career women, yet Mary and Kate Hardy were pioneers in their field and two of the early trail blazers in elementary education.

Whilst living their lives in relative obscurity, the sisters’ experiences helped their famous brother to shape characters and portray situations, thus influencing his writing.

This illustrated talk will look at the severity of Hardy's sisters' life at Salisbury Training College as well as the considerable challenges of their careers in newly established but impoverished schools.

Anne Johns and Jenny Head, both former students and authors of two books about the College, will also reflect on how Mary and Kate lived in their brother’s shadow, but contributed so much to his work. Their new book ‘Mary and Kate Hardy – Salisbury, Wessex and Beyond’ will be published in June 2022.

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Non-members £12

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