Webb, Beatrice, 1858-1943

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Birth 1858-01-22
Death 1943-04-30

Biographical notes:

Beatrice Webb (1858-1943), nee Potter, social reformer and diarist. Married to Sidney Webb, pioneers of social science. She was involved in many spheres of political and social activity including the Labour Party, Fabianism, social observation, investigations into poverty, development of socialism, the foundation of the National Health Service and post war welfare state, the London School of Economics, and the New Statesman .

From the guide to the Beatrice Webb, A summer holiday in Scotland, 1884., 1884-1885, (University of St Andrews)

Beatrice Webb (1858 - 1943). Fabian Socialist, social reformer, writer, historian, diarist. Wife, collaborator and assistant of Sidney Webb, later Lord Passfield. Together they contributed to the radical ideology first of the Liberal Party and later of the Labour Party.

From the guide to the Beatrice Webb letters, 1922-1926, (Labour History Archive and Study Centre)

Beatrice Webb was an author and social activist; in conjunction with her husband, Sidney Webb, she wrote and worked to improve social conditions in England. As members of the Fabian Society, the Webbs were friendly with H.G. Wells, George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, and others. Among many accomplishments, the couple prepared a history of local British governments, wrote on law, politics, and other topics, conducted research, and gave speeches. Beatrice Webb was accounted a fine literary stylist, and together they were Britain's most important Socialists.

From the description of Beatrice Webb letters and autobiography, 1913-1942. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57659886

Beatrice Potter m. Sidney Webb. An English author on economic and social and political topics, she occasionally wrote in collaboration with her husband.

From the description of TLS, 1941 July 24, Liphook, Hants. [Eng.] to Lord Samuel / Beatrice Webb. (Haverford College Library). WorldCat record id: 39186486

Beatrice was the 8th daughter of Richard Potter and Laurencina Heyworth. Her grandfather was Richard Potter, radical MP for Wigan; her father was a wealthy railroad entrepreneur. In 1892 she married Sidney Webb. Both were very active in the social reform movement in Britain.

From the description of Photographs and some correspondence, ca. 1858-1943. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122499964


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