An unashamed geek, 'Bring Your Baby' founder Lucy Madison often gets her fingers stuck into other pies, such as co-writing 'Women from Hackney's History', providing stories for 'Jay Blades' "No Place Like Home" series, writing the 'Horrid Hackney' blog, giving public talks and leading private walks.
Lucy wrote 23 entries for Women from Hackney's History, which was published by The Hackney Society and Hackney History. The book sold out within a year and was reprinted in the summer of 2022.
The book contains 113 illustrated biographies of women from Hackney’s history who lived or worked, or were born or buried, in today’s borough of Hackney. Drawn from widely differing backgrounds, none of these women is still with us, but their stories cover five centuries and show us how times have changed for women and for Hackney.
The search goes on for more women, and we currently have a list of over 250 further individuals or groups for whom we hope to create a database or second volume in the future! If you would like to get involved with any of this research please email Lucy@bringyourbaby.org
The video preview for the book can be viewed here.
To coincide with the book's release, I gave an online talk entitled 'Walking in the Footsteps of Women from Hackney's History' with co-writer Sue Doe.
You can view it via YouTube here.
In 2021, with her Hackney historian head on, 'Bring Your Baby' founder Lucy was approached to provide some local history stories for Jay Blades' "No Place Like Home".
Exploring Jay's childhood in Stoke Newingtion / Hackney, and uncovering stories from the area's past and how these often interweave with Jay' own life, the 3-part series can be watched on the Channel 5 website here.