A Storm in a Teashop: the Waitresses' Strike of 1908

Dr Ann Featherstone

East Midlands
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Paid: 50.00
18th September 2017
History | Women

At lunch time, 8th April 1908, all the waitresses at the Cabin Restaurant, Piccadilly Circus, came out on strike. Under the leadership of waitress Miss ‘Ken’ Ware, their action closed the restaurant and they were dismissed. Their response was to open their own co-operative restaurant, Ken’s Kabin, on Brompton Road, rejecting overtures from the Women’s Freedom League and distancing themselves from the suffrage movement in general. They were radical women who chose to ‘go it alone.’

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About Dr Ann Featherstone

I am a retired university lecturer and teacher as well as a writer. I write non-fiction books and articles and I’m a historical novelist with two novels to my name. My particular interest is the 19th century: popular entertainment, theatre, music hall, circus and literature. I have appeared on The One Show, The World’s Oldest Joke (with Sir Michael Grade) and in documentaries about fairs and circuses on BBC4. I’ve been a guest expert on Who Do You Think You Are twice, once with Sheridan Smith and in 2016 with Sir Ian McKellan. I have also appeared on the BBC's A House Through Time.My talks are informative, well-researched and well-presented. Someone said to me recently, “I could have listened to you for another hour!” Praise indeed.

All of my talks are illustrated with good quality Powerpoint slides. I bring my own lap-top and projector. And a screen if necessary.

As well as the East Midlands (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire and Staffordshire), I will travel to the West Midlands and South Yorkshire .

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