The Women Who Saved the Birds

Thursday 25th March

In an unmarked grave in Brompton Cemetery lies an indomitable Victorian woman you won’t have heard of before – but you will have heard of her legacy. The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) owes its mighty influence to the work of Eliza Phillips, a woman who cared passionately about animal cruelty. 

Appalled by the fashion for feathered hats, Eliza called out the global plumage trade and its cruelties. She blew the whistle on women’s vanity and the milliners who served them. Together with co-campaigners Etta Lemon and Emily Williamson, she coaxed the British public to fall in love with birds. Yet not one of these women have been remembered in history.

Author Tessa Boase has dug deep in the archives to resurrect the surprising women's story behind the RSPB. Join us online for this fascinating and entertaining hour-long talk.

Details of how to join the talk will be emailed after sign up.

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