Exhibition: September-December 2023
Hester Chapone (1727-1801) was a celebrated writer, critic, whose work Letters on the Improvement of the Mind was published 250 years ago this year. It was a book that revolutionised the way that women were educated in the late eighteenth century. Gilbert White met the young Hester Chapone (then Hester Mulso) when he was a student at Oxford University, they hit it off and became life long friends one grew to be a pioneer in the field of natural history, the other in education.
This exhibition explores their friendship and celebrates Hester Chapone’s life and work.