Mary and Kate Hardy, Salisbury, Wessex and Beyond

New book publication May 2022!

Mary and Kate Hardy were Wessex born and bred. They trained to teach at Salisbury Training College, and spent much of their lives in Dorset. The authors trace the stories of the sisters whose lives were lived in the shadow of their famous brother Thomas, but whose experiences influenced his writing. They taught in times which were difficult and challenging for women, finally ending their careers teaching together in Dorchester.


The book is fully illustrated, with the pictures ‘setting the scene’ as much as the writing.


by Anne Johns & Jenny Head

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Salisbury Cathedral
Hardy's Cottage
Salisbury pupils with their schoolmistress
Inspired to Teach front cover

Inspired to Teach!

The life and history of The College of Sarum St Michael (formerly Salisbury Teacher Training College)

by Jenny Head & Anne Johns

"The book is a triumph!"

Canon John Hall, Dean of Westminster

Inspired to Teach is of interest to everyone who enjoys social, educational and local history, as well as former students and staff. Carefully researched and beautfully presented, this is a book to dip into and savour.

Reviews

"Inspired to Teach is a wonderful book - congratulations on such a fine volume"

Alan Johnson - MP

"It is a wonderful book and I could
hardly put it down"

Caroline Riley - head teacher and former student

"The book is delightful - visually so attractive but with enough meat to keep historians happy"

Ruth Newman - author and historian

"It is marvellous - it looks beautiful and it reads well"

The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam - Bishop of Salisbury

"The book is a triumph!"

Canon John Hall, Dean of Westminster

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You can order your copy of Mary and Kate Hardy, Inspired to Teach and We Will Teach! online.

Mary and Kate Hardy Available at Amazon

Price: £14.99 (includes UK P&P)

Inspired to Teach

Price: £25.00 (includes UK P&P)

We Will Teach!

Price: £15.00 (includes UK P&P)
Kings house Training College, Salisbury
Kings house Training College, Salisbury
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Channel Islands
Channel Islands
Student group circa 1900
Student group circa 1900
We Will Teach front cover

We will teach!

We Will Teach! explores the lives and times of the Channel Island women who trained at Salisbury Training College and the surprising link between the Channel Islands and Salisbury.

by Jenny Head & Anne Johns

From the first student, who arrived by packet steamer from Guernsey in 1843, to the last ones in the 1970s, we tell some of their stories, including the dark days when the islands were occupied during the Second World War. Fully illustrated, these accounts are set in the islands and in Salisbury. They are a fascinating insight into how life changed as communications improved and education advanced.

Once hooked, you will want to read to the end!

More about the book

Order Online

You can order your copy of Mary and Kate Hardy, Inspired to Teach and We Will Teach! online.

Mary and Kate Hardy Available at Amazon

Price: £14.99 (includes UK P&P)

Inspired to Teach

Price: £25.00 (includes UK P&P)

We Will Teach!

Price: £15.00 (includes UK P&P)
Channal Islands
Channal Islands
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Hardy College group 1877 with Kate Hardy centre standing
Hardy College group 1877 with Kate Hardy centre standing
The College dining room
The College dining room

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Thank you to everyone who orders a book or makes a donation. We are very grateful to all our generous sponsors and supporters.

Salisbury & South Wiltshire Museum, Sir Christopher and Lady Benson, Spire FM, The Rt Revd Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury, The Salisbury Journal
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