ARTS RICHMOND Presents
The first British women to set foot in India did so in the very early seventeenth century, two and a half centuries before the Raj came into being.
In stark contrast to the languid memsahibs of popular imagination, these women were tough adventurers, their nineteen-month voyages daring leaps into the unknown. They were often confined to the lowest bowels of the ship and were at risk of hurricanes, shipwreck, and even piracy.
While it is well-known that women went to India to find husbands, what is almost unknown is that they also worked as traders, cloth merchants, bakers, actresses, governesses, missionaries, doctors and geologists to name a few.
Join Katie Hickman, author of the bestselling Courtesans and Daughters of Britannia, as she challenges our views of this period, revealing the life and times of hundreds of women who made their way across the sea and changed history.