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I don’t normally get excited about financial accounts – in fact I often take a quick glance at them and then move along quickly, hoping for something that is actually useful. However, the financial accounts for the Beatrice Club in 1923 were quite differentTNA ED 41/252If you look closely at the image you can see that the group spent 9 pounds on the confirmation class. This is really interesting, especially when you compare it with how much (or more accurately how little) was spent on some of the other classes and activities.

Why does this matter? Well, the big reason why this matters is that it shows the club was prepared to devote quite a large amount of financial resources to religious education. For girls, this was particularly significant as traditionally girls’ religious education was less formal and certainly focussed more on the ‘spiritual’ element of religion, rather than formalised religious education.

I will be using this information in my chapter on girls’ clubs to demonstrate that actually, at times girls’ clubs did spend money on formal education and in this way broke down some of the boundaries between what was expected from women in terms of their religious observances

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