Visit to Wren Library 2018

A visit to the Wren Library, July 2018

We are delighted to confirm that we will visit the Wren Library at Trinity College on both of our summer courses, Virginia Woolf and Politics and Women Writers, July 2018.

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We will see some of the remarkable manuscripts at the Wren, and hear about the history of the library and the college. We will also learn something of the history of women's suffrage in Britain. The library will have a display of materials about the Pethick-Lawrences, active suffrage campaigners in the 1910s. 


In A Room of One's Own (1929), Woolf writes of a woman feeling very annoyed that she could not simply walk into the Wren Library to check a manuscript. In those days women could not become members of the college. As a non-member, one needed a letter of introduction to get into the library. Things have changed a lot since then, and women are now active in Trinity as Fellows and students.

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