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Talk: Hope is Daffodil Bright: Women’s Voluntary

4 July, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Alice Bragg moved to Cambridge with her family in 1938 when her husband, Lawrence was appointed head of the Cavendish Laboratories. Within a year the Second World War broke out and her life unexpectedly changed. With no training or experience, she became head of the Women’s Voluntary Service in Cambridge and in 1946 the city’s third female Mayor. Zoë Jasko author of ‘Hope is Daffodil Bright’ dramatizes Alice’s war time life and the essential work of the WVS. Her research and her subsequent historical novel give a fascinating insight into a city at war and a community pulling together.

About the Speaker:

Zoë Jasko is a writer, public speaker, and performer. Her books What the Wind Saw: Short Stories from the Heart of Hertfordshire (2022), Hope is Daffodil Bright (2023) and The Portraits on the Wall: Five Cherished Pets, Five Special Stories (2024) are published by The Endless Bookcase. Trained as a light lyric soprano, she is cofounder and creative director of the Hertfordshire based Felici Opera. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and four children.

Supporting the Museum of Cambridge

The Museum of Cambridge is an independent Charity and is not part of either the Cambridge Council or the University of Cambridge. Your ticket includes the talk by Zoë Jasko and entry to the Museum of Cambridge (usually £6 for Adults, £4.50 for Students/Jobseekers), and supports the daily running and conservation care of the Museum, an independent charity.



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Talk: Hope is Daffodil Bright: Women’s Voluntary


Museum of Cambridge
01223 355159


Enid Porter Room, Museum of Cambridge
2-3 Castle Street
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB3 0AQ United Kingdom
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