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Notice: Talk On The Woman Who Established Save The Children Fund

Published on: 26 Sep, 2021
Updated on: 26 Sep, 2021

Award-winning author Clare Mulley will be speaking at Guildford’s Guildhall on Friday, October 22 about an extraordinary woman who established the Save The Children Fund.

This is the second of the public anniversary lectures organised by the Friends of Guildford Museum.

Eglantyne Jebb.

Over 100 years ago, Eglantyne Jebb was arrested in Trafalgar Square for distributing humanitarian leaflets. It was 1919 and few in London were sympathetic to a woman hoping to help the children of Britain’s former enemies.

Nevertheless, within weeks the audacious Jebb secured the first donation to her ‘Save the Children’ fund from the public prosecutor at her trial.

Five years later, she drafted the pioneering statement of children’s human rights that has since evolved into the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the most universally accepted human rights instrument in history.

Yet she was never particularly fond of individual children, ‘the little wretches’ as she once called them. Eglantine’s inspirational story speaks of the power of passion, compassion and pioneering leadership in the face of national opposition.

Clare Mulley’s book about Eglantyne Jebb, The Woman Who Saved The Children, won the Daily Mail Biographers’ Club Prize. Her subsequent books The Spy Who Loved and the Women Who Flew for Hitler have gained further accolades.

Author and broadcaster Clare Mulley.

She hosted the BBC’s Second World War 75th anniversary programme and she appears regularly on various other radio and television programmes.

The talk is at 2.30pm and tickets at £10 to include refreshments can be booked online or at the Guildford Tourist Information Centre.

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