Mary Neal: pioneer of Ladies’ Morris

There is a fascinating article in the Guardian about Mary Neal a suffragette, social reformer and morris dance revivalist who has been almost written out of history. She and Cecil Sharp originally collaborated and then fell out about how women should dance.

Written by her great-great-niece Lucy Neal, the story relates how Mary Neal’s papers came with a request not to put them in the Vaughan Williams Library at Cecil Sharp House Fortunately this has now been resolved amicably.

The article also looks at the living conditions of the working class at the time, and how Mary worked to improve things. Well worth taking the time to read.

www.theguardian.com

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