Find out about the historic and current women of Salisbury, who have made significant contributions to our community and history.

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Sen relaxing in the bluebell woods

Sen Peralta

Learn how Sen arrived in Salisbury, with very little baggage, to begin a new life nursing in a totally different country, a different culture and a different language.

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Tracy Daszkiewicz

Listen to the story of Tracy, and the remarkable journey that led to her being Director of Public Health for Wiltshire at the time of the Novichok poisoning incident in 2018,

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Frances Stratton

Frances Stratton (1952-2018) Frances Stratton, also known as Fran, was Headteacher of South Wilts Grammar School for Girls from 2003-11. During her time as Head,

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Mary Paisey

Mary was awarded an OBE in recognition of her work in setting up and supporting the Salisbury Women’s Refuge find out more by listening to the podcast

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Amanda in the Chapel during refurbishment

Amanda Newbery

Listen to Amanda’s journey from working in an estate agents, to manufacturing, to running a nightclub and discover the importance of the night-time economy to the city

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Bette Blackwell at 20

Bette Blackwell

Bette was one of thousands of civilian women recruited during World War Two into a secret workforce producing Spitfires1 in factories hidden in Salisbury and the surrounding areas

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picture of Jill Furze taken at the Ealing Studios in 1939 wearing a hat

Jill Furse

Jill Furse was a young actress of rare talent who enjoyed brief success in the late 1930s. Thwarted by both ill health and the Second World War, she was nevertheless determined to live a full and joyful life and is remembered as much for her effect on others as for her acting credits.

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