Tottenham remembers

In 2018 two Tottenham residents developed a website that highlights many aspects of Priscilla’s life.

Priscilla Wakefield: Tottenham Activist

Follow the associated Twitter account @TottenhamQuaker

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Familiar science

The following article was published by The Royal Society and features Priscilla and two other women who contributed to what is described as ‘familiar science’.

Eleanor Anne Peters, (2017) “Observation, experiment or autonomy in the domestic sphere? Women’s familiar science writing in Britain, 1790-1830” in Notes and Records 17, 71-90. DOI: 10.1098/rsnr.2016.0018

A link to the article is here:



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There has been interest from later descendants and academics in researching Priscilla Wakefield. One of the descendants was Mrs Mary Priscilla Mitchell who accumulated a lot of Wakefield material. Following is a link to the transcript of a recording that was made in 1986 and held in the Borrow Collection at Flinders University Click on the ‘view/open’ link to read the transcript.

Of particular interest is the confirmation that Priscilla’s Journals could not be located at that time and appear to be lost.

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A recent edition of the Journal of Literature and Science has the theme of ‘Women in Botany’. The articles by Sam George and Alison E. Martin discuss Priscilla Wakefield in this historical context.

The journal can be viewed on the University of Glamorgan website at the following adress 

I have updated the following post to include this new material.

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Published in: on December 21, 2011 at 9:04 am  Leave a Comment  

Political and feminist economists

Information about Priscilla, along with other significant eighteenth century women, is available on the following website that is managed by Dr. Edith Kuiper, Faculty of Economics and Business, Universiteit van Amsterdam.

Published in: on October 8, 2011 at 4:31 am  Leave a Comment  

Children’s literature

The following is a list of articles that have been written about Priscilla’s contribution to children’s literature.

 Dougal, Theresa A. ‘Teaching Conduct or Telling a New Tale? Priscilla Wakefield and The Juvenile Travellers’. In Eighteenth-Century Women: Studies in Their Lives, Work and Culture, 1 (2001): 299-319.

Graham, Ruth. ‘Juvenile Travellers: Priscilla Wakefield’s Excursions in Empire’. The Journal of Imperial and Commonwealth History 38, 3 (2010): 373-393.

Hill, Bridget. ‘Priscilla Wakefield as a Writer of Children’s Eduational Books’. Women’s Writing 4, no. 1 (1997): 3-14.

Kroeg, Susan M. ‘Class Mobility: Priscilla Wakefield’s A Family Tour through the British Empire (1804)’, Kentucky Philological Review 19 (2004): 24-29.

Shteir, Ann B. ‘Priscilla Wakefield’s Books “for the Instruction and Amusement of Young Persons”’, The Friends’ Quarterly 25, no. 2 (1988): 90-96.

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Priscilla and the natural world

The following authors have written about Priscilla and her contribution to a greater understanding  of the natural world.

Desmond, Ray. ‘Wakefield, Priscilla (nee Bell) (1751-1832)’, Dictionary of British and Irish Botanists and Horticulturalists Including Plant Collectors, Flower Painters and Garden Designers, p. 709. [1994]

Fara, Patricia. Pandora’s Breeches: Women, Science and Power in the Enlightenment, London: Pimlico, 2004.

George, Sam. ‘From Modest Shoot to Forward Plant: Botany and the Cultivation of the Female Mind in Eighteenth-Century Literature’. Ph.D. diss., University of York, 2005.

Leach, Camilla. ‘Religion and Rationality: Quaker Women and Science Education 1790-1850’,  History of Education: Journal of the History Of Education Society, Vol 35, 1, 2006, 69-90.

Manguel, Alberto., ed. By the Light of the Glow-Worm Lamp: Three Centuries of Reflections on Nature. New York: Plenum Trade, 1998.

Nickels Shirk, Henrietta. ‘Contributions to Botany, the Female Science, by Two Eighteenth-Century Women Technical Communications’, Technical Communication Quarterly, Vol. 6, 3, 1997, 293-312.

Shteir, Ann B. Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora’s Daughters and Botany in England, 1760-1860. Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 1996.

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Priscilla and education

Following are references to articles where Priscilla’s contribution to education is considered.

Hill, Bridget. ‘Priscilla Wakefield as a Writer of Children’s Eduational Books’. Women’s Writing 4, no. 1, (1997): 3-14.

Leach, Camilla. ‘Religion and Rationality: Quaker Women and Science Education 1790-1850’, History of Education: Journal of the History of Education Society 35, no. 1 (2006): 69-90.

Leach, Camilla. ‘Educating the Women of the Nation: Priscilla Wakefield and the Construction of National Identity, 1798’. Quaker Studies 5, no. 2 (2001): 165-183.

Shteir, Ann B. ‘Priscilla Wakefield’s Books “for the Instruction and Amusement of Young Persons”’, The Friends’ Quarterly 25, no. 2 (1988): : 90-96.

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Priscilla and the botanical woman

There is no doubt that Priscilla’s 1796 book An Introduction to Botany in a Series of Familiar Letters, with Illustrative Engravings was a landmark publication in the history of botanical literature and particularly in its promotion of botany as a feminine pursuit.

Sam George, a lecturer in English Literature at the University of Hertfordshire, has written a number of papers that have highlighted the importance of Priscilla’s contribution to botanical literature.

Information about Sam George, links to her papers on eighteenth-century botany and other work is available here

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Animal rights

Researchers interested in animal rights history have included quotes from Priscilla’s books on the following website:

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