Cowshed launch National Trust Wales’ women and power with their most senior volunteer Joan on her 100th birthday
#BeMoreJoan and discover the women shaping special places in Wales
On Friday the 19 January, Erddig’s longstanding volunteer, Joan Capel turned 100. After moving around the UK doing various secretarial jobs, Erddig’s reputation for a good lunch drew Joan to the Wrexham hall in her retirement, where she has been volunteering for more than 25 years – first as a house steward and now in the bookshop.
Joan is just one example of the inspirational women contributing to the Trust today and her story launches a themed programme of events and exhibitions throughout 2018 exploring the previously untold stories of the women that have shaped and safeguarded National Trust’s special places.
“My philosophy for life is that the woman who works and is not bored, is never old and I intend to repay Erddig by spending my centenary still serving it.”
To mark the occasion, we met with Joan to recorded her accounts of growing up in the ‘20s and the limited career options available to her, along with her advice for young women today. The Trust in Wales is inviting people to share their hopes for women over the next 100 years.