Women Spies

Date: 13 Oct 2022
Time: 19:00 - 21:00
St Peter's Church
Organiser: The Merchant's House
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Price: Standard fee: £18.00, Friends of MH fee: £15.00


Formed in 1940, the Special Operations Executive was to coordinate Resistance work overseas. The organisation’s F section sent more than four hundred agents into France, thirty-nine of whom were women.  While some female agents are widely known – others have had their stories largely overlooked. Kate Vigurs will share her research and knowledge about these courageous women.   

Dr Kate Vigurs is a professional freelance historian whose PhD at the University of Leeds was entitled ‘The women agents of the Special Operations Executive F section – wartime realities and post war representations’.

Post-doctoral research included a study of UK Holocaust memorials during which she consulted the Prime Ministers commission at a conference at The National Holocaust centre and museum, and lectured at the Weiner library.  Kate was also an associate research assistant at the University of Leeds whilst working as academic advisor for the Yorkshire region on the BBC/AHRC project World War One at Home.

Kate regularly appears on TV and radio, from the National news covering topics such as the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, SOE, women in WWI, the land girls and Angela Merkel to local stories including VE day, D-day, the battle of Britain and many more.

Kate's book, 'Mission France. The True History of the Women of SOE' will be available to buy.


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