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April 2017 - G F Watts and the Inn

George Frederic Watts, circa 1860 © National Portrait Gallery, London

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Victorian painter and sculptor, George Frederic Watts. G F Watts was renowned as one of the great portrait painters of the later Victorian era.

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March 2017- Unveiling of the War Memorial

There are thought to be around 100,000 war memorials in the UK. Many of these were created by communities after the end of the First World War. This was certainly the case with the War memorial at Lincoln’s Inn, which was built in 1921 to honour members who lost their life in the Great War.

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February 2017 - The Admission of Gwyneth Bebb

In 2019, 100 years will have passed since the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act enabled women to have careers at the bar, and 2023 will see the 100 year anniversary since the first women were called to the bar at Lincoln's Inn. In anticipation of this, on 15 March this year, the Inn is holding a Women’s Forum: Celebrating Women at the Bar: Past, Present and Future. In celebration of this upcoming event, this Archive of the Month looks at Gwyneth Bebb (married name Thomson), who was one of the first women admitted to the Inn after the Act was passed on 23 December 1919.

Gwyneth Bebb with her daughter Diana (1919)  Image credit: The First 100 Years

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January 2017 - Cooking at the Inn

January is usually the time of year when we attempt New Year’s resolutions, and dietary restraint, after having enjoyed the culinary delights of the Christmas season. The Inn has always provided excellent dining facilities for its members throughout term time, although the way in which it has administered this has changed substantially over the years.

In the Archive there is a contract for the employment of George S Elliott as ‘Cook and Purveyor’, dated 16 December 1873. This document relates to the employment of George Samuel Elliott, who joined the Inn during a period when the catering and dining arrangements were undergoing various attempts at reform.

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