Edward Thomas and the Nature of Hope

3rd October, 2021 - 3rd October, 2021

Concessions available for Friends of Petersfield Museum, members of the Edward Thomas Fellowship and Petersfield Museum Volunteers.

Digital ticket holders will receive a digital Zoom link no less than 3 days before the event.


In-Person Ticket: £12.00
In-Person Concession: £10.00
Digital Ticket: £5.00
Digital Concession: £4.00

Start and end times
2:00pm - 3:00pm
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Who was Hope Webb? She haunts Edward Thomas’s love poetry and some of his prose. But while biographers have documented their relationship, Hope herself has remained an enigmatic figure, her character something of a mystery.

Charlotte Peacock has uncovered new material about Hope Webb and her family — including photographs and lines of verse Edward Thomas wrote in her album.

In this talk, she builds a clearer picture of the eighteen-year-old girl Edward Thomas fell in love with during his stay in Minsmere, in 1908. Adding fresh insight into the episode, she discusses its influence on his writing and deconstructs his image of the woman Hope became after their relationship was abruptly ended:

''They have told me she is now a schoolmistress. I see her sad and firm with folded hands.''

This talk takes place at Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU32 2DG.

Charlotte Peacock’s first biography, Into the Mountain: A Life of Nan Shepherd, was published in 2017 and was followed by her edited collection of Nan Shepherd’s writings, Wild Geese, in 2018. A copywriter and freelance photographer she lives on the Suffolk coast.