Official recognition has finally been given to a Birmingham woman born more than a century and a half ago.
A commemorative blue plaque has been unveiled to Constance Naden, a largely unsung poet, scientist and philosopher, who was born in Francis Road, Edgbaston, in January 1858.
She passed away in 1889 at the age of just 31.
But the name of Constance Naden will now happily be remembered after Birmingham Civic Society unveiled a blue plaque at 20 Charlotte Road, Edgbaston.
The address was chosen for the historical decoration because it was where Constance, the daughter of an architect, lived from the age of two weeks following the death of her mother.
She spent the rest of her short life at Charlotte Road, which was her grandparent’s home.
The unveiling of the plaque was attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Coun Michael Wilkes, who said it was good to see someone so forward thinking recognised in such a way.
The event was also attended by representatives from the Civic Society, local businesses and historians.
Constance had studied botany at the Birmingham and Midland Institute before progressing onto more scientific matters at Mason’s College. She was also a member of the Birmingham Natural History Society.
Although little known today, she published two volumes of poetry before her scientific interests took over.
When her grandmother died in 1887, Constance embarked on a foreign tour of the Middle East and India but, soon after her return, her health failed and she died on Christmas Eve 1889.
Sally Hoban, chairman of the Heritage Committee of Birmingham Civic Society, said: “Constance Naden made an important contribution to both the arts and science during her short life.
“She was one of a number of pioneering women in Birmingham who are now being recognised by historians and we are delighted to be commemorating her life and work through the unveiling of a blue plaque.”
Constance is to be the subject of a forthcoming talk at the University of Birmingham on Saturday, January 9 next year.
The event aims to commemorate the pioneering women who participated in local higher education in a male-dominated world.
The talk, entitled Constance Naden: Poet and Scientist, will be delivered by Dr Marion Thain.
The attendance fee is £34 which includes refreshments and lunch.
For further information, or to book a place, contact 0121 415 8102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org