In June this year, the world was rocked by the murder of George Floyd. The outcry that ensued saw statues of Edward Coulson plunged to the bottom of Bristol Harbour and Winston Churchill defaced. There was also a call to expand the National Curriculum’s coverage of Black History beyond the name of William Wilberforce.
If you grew up in Essex, you can probably recall school trips to Colchester Castle or learning about John Constable’s The Hay Wain, but you are less likely to have heard of Anne Knight and the role that our county played in slavery and its abolition.
Anne was born in Chelmsford on November 2, 1786, and grew up in the Quaker community, which was already active in the abolition movement. She formed the Chelmsford Female Antislavery Society, before going on to become one of the most important contributors to the abolition of slavery in Britain. However, as a woman she has been rather air-brushed from our consciousness in favour of the men who helped end slavery, something that perhaps inspired her to become one of the first feminists as well.
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The rise of maskne
With the term ‘maskne’ becoming an increasingly common search online and on social media, Krystal Prince explains what it is and how you can control mask-induced acne
The forgotten lady
Charlotte Christie shares the life story of Anne Knight, an Essex pioneer for the abolition of slavery and women’s suffrage who’s achievements have almost been air-brushed from history
Stride out in the Sampfords
This charming, circular winter walk takes you on a tour from the village of Great Sampford to its neighbour, Little Sampford, and back again
MUCH TO TALK ABOUT
As a presenter on Sky Music and the host of two TV talk shows of her own on Gidea Park-based Sky channel Spotlight TV, Hayley Palmer is never short of words. Nicky Adams asks her how she came to be in front of the camera
LIFE and SOUL
Radio 1 broadcaster and producer Charlie Hedges began her career as Britain’s youngest breakfast show host and is now one of the world’s most successful female DJs. Denise Marshall caught up with the Essex-based queen of the air waves
Lest we forget
Remembrance Sunday will have a special poignance this month as 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. Stephen Roberts profiles how much the county of Essex contributed to the war effort and how much it cost
The Lake House, nestled in Mill End on the outskirts of the village of Bradwell on Sea, has been owned by the same family for 60 years and was once a thriving four-buoy water-ski lake.
Keep on running
BBC presenter and director David Whiteley shares his insightful view on stories from across the county of Essex
Starting to get that festive vibe? Why not plan ahead by selecting not only the drinks you want to serve this Christmas, but also ticking off a few presents too?
A doggy day out on… Saffron Walden
Join Ernie, the county’s most famous Westie, as he steps back in time on a trip to this medieval market town
Gender equity drive in racing
As part of a remix for the coming season of the foiling SailGP series, each of the eight teams are to add one female athlete per team. Teams will be incentivised to include female athletes in rotation for ‘active roles’ and to include women in the sixth position, progressing to ‘practice and/or training in key roles’.
TOOL CREATED TO AID CLEANUP FROM MICROSOFT HACK IN BROAD USE
A tool designed to help businesses protect themselves from further compromises after a global hack of Microsoft email server software has been downloaded more than 25,000 times since it was released last week, the White House’s National Security Council said this week.
US JOBLESS CLAIMS TICK UP TO 745,000 AS LAYOFFS REMAIN HIGH
The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits edged higher last week to 745,000, a sign that many employers continue to cut jobs despite a drop in confirmed viral infections and evidence that the overall economy is improving.
Does This DOG Know Whether You Have CANCER?
The canine nose is a marvel of nature. Science believes that a computerized model will save millions of lives.
A disorienting close-up on a mind that’s beginning to fray.
STEVE MARTIN'S WILD & CRAZY BUYING BINGES!
Bored funnyman can’t seem to stop shopping online
A Walk in the Woods
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quite alone with the heavens, nature and God.” —Anne Frank
The Gift of Glamour
The Smith family of Ridgeland celebrates the holiday season in style thanks to help from a talented design duo.
A Painter of People and Places
Artist Anne Molasky is inspired by the outdoors and its many shades of light.
Behind Glass ANNE BERRY
Few photographers have captured (but no, let’s not use that word)—few photographers have communicated the depth and complexity of primate emotions as Berry has. -Collier Brown, Introduction to Primates, published by 21st Editions, 2017 .