HOW times have changed. While looking through old records we came across an article for ladies in the late Victorian era...
What a Lady Does Not Do
There are several things always absent in a true lady which girls will do well to note and remember. ● A lady for example will never ignore little kindnesses. ● Conclude in a crowd that she has a right to push her way through. ● Consume the time of people who can ill spare it. ● Wear on the street a dress only fitted to the house or carriage. ● Talk loudly in public places. ● Fail in answering letters or returning visits, unless she is ill or in trouble. ● Fret about the heat or the cold, sun or rain, air or lack of it. ● Complain of her family or personal affair with strangers. ● A lady does not do anything other than make the best of everything - the world, the weather and herself. She believes in the golden rule and endeavours as far as possible to live up to it and that what you and I ought to promise every morning that we will try and do during the day.
We notice that not only the lifestyles of women have changed but also the style of writing! The book ‘Tameside Women’, which coincides with the display, is now available from all Tameside libraries. See the Tameside History Festival leaflet for September events. You can pick it up from all libraries or get it at www.tameside.gov.uk/archives.