Frances Stenlake: Kate Fowler Tutt – Dispelling the Urban Myth
No convincing evidence has been found that Kate Fowler Tutt (1868-1954) actually did object to Rodin’s Kiss being on view in the Town Hall in 1914.
This urban myth has caused her reputation to suffer, and her achievements in improving the lives of working families and their children to be ignored. As head of South Malling Elementary School and then of Central Senior Girls’ School, she was particularly concerned with her pupils’ well-being; later, as chair of the borough council housing committee, she oversaw the first stage of the building of the Nevill Estate.
During WWI she preached and practised thrift and recycling; in WWII her efforts were directed towards making the education committee provide adequately for evacuee as well as local children. Convinced that women’s involvement was essential to good government, she addressed women’s groups all over Sussex, exhorting their members to play their full part in the community.
All are welcome from 7.00pm for free refreshments and updates on the Group’s activities. The talk will begin promptly at 7:30pm and will finish by 9.00pm.
There is an entry fee for these meetings, payable at the door, of £2 for members, and £3 for non-members.
Venue: The King’s Church building on Brooks Road, Lewes, BN7 2BY. (Between Tesco car park and Homebase)
See the Meetings page for a list of forthcoming monthly talks organised by the Lewes History Group.