Interfaith, multicultural? Christian and Jewish women in Britain, 1880-1940

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Wolfson Theatre, New Academic Building


Dr Anne Summers


Dr Helen Pankhurst

Anne Summers of Birkbeck University will discuss how friendship and co-operation between Christian and Jewish women changed lives and even saved them in the 60 years up to 1940. 

In her book, Christian and Jewish women in Britain, 1880-1940: living with difference, Dr Anne Summers has explored networks and relationships that include the religious leagues for women's suffrage creating an interfaith campaigning movement; collaborations on refugee relief in the 1930s and public and private friendships in a changing society. Dr Summers will discuss the impact of these relationships and how they help to examine multicultural Britain before and after World War I. 

There will be an opportunity to buy Dr Anne Summers book from Pages of Hackney after the lecture at a drinks reception between 8-9pm.

Anne Summers is Chair of the Friends of the Women's Library; an Honorary Research Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London; a former Curator of Modern Historical Manuscripts at the British Library; and a founding editor of History Workshop Journal. Her previous publications in women's history include Angels and Citizens: British Women as Military Nurses, 1854-1914 and Female Lives, Moral States: Women, Religion and Public Life in Britain 1800-1930

Helen Pankhurst is Research Fellow at LSE Gender Institute. 

LSE Library (@LSELibrary) is the national social sciences library of the UK, and is the main library of the London School of Economics and Political Science. It was founded in 1896 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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