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A Thoroughly Modern Woman

December 2008Once Upon a Time Behind the Curtain A Dramatic Dynasty Impresario and Philanthropist An Actor in Repertory Theatre A Thoroughly Modern Woman By Golly The Acme of Versatility Charles Dickens Glyndebourne Opera House Safe and Steady Sam My Family Treasure...

By Golly

My journey into the theatrical world started when my new found grandad came to visit me for the first time. After he saw my mother for the first time in 42 years, we went out for drinks to catch up on what each had been up to. Now, there’s never a good time to...

The Acme of Versatility

Mildred Hammond was born Mildred Sidebottom on 27th May 1903 in Rothwell, West Yorkshire, to Albert Sidebottom and Ethel Hammond. She was the first of their three children. My grandad, Norman, was their second child and my aunt, Ethel, was the youngest. By 1921 the...

Charles Dickens

December 2008Once Upon a Time Behind the Curtain A Dramatic Dynasty Impresario and Philanthropist An Actor in Repertory Theatre A Thoroughly Modern Woman By Golly The Acme of Versatility Charles Dickens Glyndebourne Opera House Safe and Steady Sam My Family Treasure...

Glyndebourne Opera House

Glyndebourne is a 700 year old country house just outside the historic town of Lewes in East Sussex. Since 1934, it has been the venue for the annual Glyndebourne Festival Opera. The house was built in the 15th century and has been altered many times since. It was...

Safe and Steady Sam

I decided to draw up a basic family tree for my mother-in-law for her 50th birthday. I had remembered her talking about her grandad being friends with a famous footballer, Samuel Hardy, and that they were related, so I started to research their connection, although my...