Doreen Valiente, mother of modern witchcraft

Today is Beltane, the ancient Celtic festival that marks the beginning of summer, and is celebrated by the Wicca movement. Today we celebrate one of Brighton’s most intriguing women, the mother of modern witchcraft, Doreen Valiente (1922 – 1999). In … Continued

Violet ‘Betty’ Baxter – Soup Kitchen Pioneer

Before the days of social media Facebook mutual aid groups and neighbourhood Whatsapp teams, a young woman called Violet ‘Betty’ Baxter, became known as the ‘Silver Lady’, for her support and work with those facing homelessness and destitution. The Silver … Continued

Early film pioneer, Laura Bayley

Any fan of early cinema will be familiar with Hove’s pioneering history of early film-making and film makers.  They may have even heard of George Albert Smith, the showman and early film maker who bought the town’s St Ann’s Well … Continued

Happy Birthday Joyce Cooper, champion swimmer!

Today marks the birthday of one of the most successful British female swimmers ever. Former Bognor resident, Joyce Cooper (1909-2002) isn’t a name that springs to mind immediately when thinking of the great sportswomen our county has produced.  Yet, according … Continued

Natalie Greenhough, Paralympic Judoka

With the recent news that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been postponed until 2021, our 100 Pioneering Women of Sussex blog series will nevertheless will celebrate some of the county’s female Olympians and Paralympians, past and present. Today is all … Continued