150th anniversary of Amy Garrett Badley’s birth

By Jane Kirby, Librarian

27 May will be the 150th anniversary of the birth of Amy Garrett, wife of John Badley and ‘Reine des Abeilles’ of Bedales who was born into a remarkable family of feminist pioneers. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson and Millicent Garrett Fawcett were her second cousins.

Amy met John Badley through her brother Edmund, his Cambridge contemporary. Together they developed the plans for the founding of the school, which they opened in early 1893, a few months after their wedding. Amy’s direct influence on Bedales and Bedalians is difficult to trace, but her commitment to women’s suffrage was undoubtedly important in the development of the school. Read more. 


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.