Amelia Opie

Opie Street

Amelia Opie

Amelia Opie

Opie Street

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written by: Megan Bradbury
animated by: Zoe Telford

"In researching Amelia Opie I was struck by how Norwich continues to be a nurturing city for writers and activists. As such, I am very proud to call it my home.”

Megan Bradbury

Artist: Z Leon

Born and raised in Norwich, Amelia Opie (1769-1863) was an English author who published many books during the Romantic Period of the early 19th century. Amelia was also a poet, a radical thinker committed to political reform and a key player in the abolitionist movement. A prominent Quaker, Opie’s philanthropy extended to efforts in prisons, workhouses and hospitals and she even represented Norwich at the national anti-slavery convention. Amelia’s activities and interests though based in Norwich had far reaching impact.

Learn more about Amelia on the Norfolk Women in History website (https://norfolkwomeninhistory.com) and view original documents about her at the Norfolk Records office (http://www.archives.norfolk.gov.uk)