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The Old Miller of Sidestrand and Poppyland

This article first appeared on our blog in March 2019. Whilst recording the many histories of millers in our collections, I came across a very flowery yet fascinating obituary for a man named Alfred Jermy, “The Old Miller of Sidestrand and Poppyland” by Jessie Robinson, published in the Great Eastern Railway Magazine. Reading through the article,…

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Betty Sullivan (1902-1999)

 “The only sound knowledge I possess is the realization of my own little worth” Betty Julia Sullivan was a female pioneer in the field of chemical engineering, where she won several prestigious awards against strict competition.  Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota (31 May 1902), Betty was by all accounts quite an all-round character, often seen playing…

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Maria Christina Bruhn (1732-1808)

Maria Christina Bruhn was Sweden’s first female inventor in the field of military technology. Born in Stockholm in 1732, she was the eldest of three daughters of the book printer/bookkeeper (sources differ) Johan Bruhn who had died during their childhood in 1742.  Three weeks after his death her mother Inga Christina was awarded a licence…

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