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  • Anne Lister – Love Life May 17, 2019
    This exhibition is focusing on probably the four most important relationships in Anne’s life, although there were others……   Eliza Raine (1791-1860) In 1805 the 14 year old Anne Lister was sent to the Manor School in York, an elite girls’ boarding school for some 41 pupils, and she stayed there until the early summer […]
  • Anne Lister – The Journals April 16, 2019
    To say the least Anne was a compulsive diarist! Her diaries comprise some 7,720 pages or around 5 million words.  In comparison the diaries of Samuel Pepys run to just 1.25 million words.  Beginning in 1806 aged 15, the reason for starting seems to have been the departure of Eliza Raine following a visit to […]
  • Anne Lister – The Early Years April 16, 2019
    Anne was born on 3 April 1791 in Halifax, the daughter of Jeremy Lister, the younger brother of James Lister, owner of Shibden Hall from 1788-1826. She lived at her mother’s small estate at Market Weighton for most of her childhood, but paid frequent visits to Shibden. As a 7 year old child, the tomboyish […]