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Women's History Month: Anne Macnaughten and Beatrice Picton-Turbervill

Release Date: 07 Mar 2018

As part of Women’s History Month, we’re featuring the lives of inspirational women who had pivotal roles in Barnardo’s history.

The Hon. Anne Macnaughten was the daughter of a Baron, conservative-unionist politician and law lord. Anne grew up in Runkerry, Antrim, Northern Ireland.   

Beatrice Pitcon-Turbervill had a similarly affluent upbringing, as the daughter of a captain in the Madras Staff Corps. She was born in Hertfordshire in June 1872. Her sister Edith went on to become a labour politician and served as a member of parliament between 1929-1931.

Both Macnaughten and Picton-Turbervill worked together during the First World War; supervising munition hostels for young women in Coventry. They were appointed as joint governors of the Barnardo’s Girls Village Home in December 1920.

They introduced the Girl Guide movement to the village and had encouraged the establishment of a number of clubs for girls to pursue interests such as singing and handicraft.

The women had links with the upper classes society and brought many well-known visitors to the Girls Village Home. In May 1923 Queen Mary paid a visit. (Photo available)They went on to work tirelessly for 20 years, involving themselves in all aspects of the running of the village and the lives of the children. Both women eventually retired on the eve of the outbreak of the Second World War, in 1939-1940.

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