Blaydes House Maritime History Seminar Series 2018-19
Working Women in Eighteenth-Century Maritime London
Margarette Lincoln, Goldsmiths, University of London
How did Britain’s maritime ambitions impact on those women who were not married to seamen? This talk takes a fresh look at female roles in London’s riverside parishes during the second half of the eighteenth century, covering women’s contribution to healthcare, housing, schooling and shipbuilding – as well as their more familiar activities relating to crime and prostitution.
Entry is free and no ticket is needed. Places are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so latecomers may not be admitted when the lecture room is full.
Doors open for tea and coffee at 5.30pm; seminar commences 6pm.
The seminar series is supported by the Maritime History Trust
Maritime Studies Centre,
6 High Street,
Blaydes House was built around 1740 as the home and business premises of the Blaydes family. The family included shipbuilders, shipowners, merchants and local political figures who played a leading part in the commercial and civic life of eighteenth-century Hull. The house, with its elegant panelled rooms and sweeping carved staircase, demonstrates the prosperity and self-confidence of the town’s mercantile elite. It is a typical Georgian merchant’s house, among the most impressive of several such buildings that have survived on the High Street. The house has been sympathetically restored, with period colour schemes. Since 2001 Blaydes House has been the home of the University of Hull’s Maritime Historical Studies Centre.