Catherine Seymour in Ely

  • Ely Library, 6 The Cloisters, Ely, CB7 4ZH
    Ely Library
    6 The Cloisters Ely, CB7 4ZH UNITED KINGDOM
  • 29/10/2016 04:30 - 29/10/2016 05:30


For generations of Cambridge families the university's grand colleges were completely out of bounds, another world on their doorstep they would never experience - apart from the select few who worked cleaning their corridors and tending to fellows. These were the bedders, and Catherine Seymour has uncovered their stories. In her new book, The Staircase Girls, she takes us into the lives of a group of women who survived the Second World War, and then had to contend with poverty, illness and bereavement, but found strength and happiness in their friendships and work. Join us to hear Catherine reveal a little-known but essential part of Cambridge history

Catherine Seymour was born in Barnwell, Cambridge, and comes from generations of bedders. Encouraged by her nana, Nance, she became the first woman in her family to attend university. After a career in television as a documentary maker, she now teaches drama in Cambridgeshire.