Rachel Waterhouse

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Dame Rachel Elizabeth Waterhouse DBE (born 2 January 1923) is a local historian of Birmingham and the West Midlands of England, consumer affairs activist and writer.

She has been chairman of the Consumers' Association, and a member of the National Consumer Council and of the Health and Safety Commission.[1] She was a member of the group which resurrected the Lunar Society around 1990 and became its founder Chairman.

She became a founder member of The Victorian Society in 1958 and was instrumental in setting up the Birmingham Branch in 1967, serving as its first Chairman between 1967 and 1971.

She was president of the Birmingham and Midland Institute for 1992.[2]

Written works[edit]

  • Birmingham and Midland Institute, 1854–1954
  • Children in Hospital: a hundred years of child care in Birmingham
  • A Hundred Years of Engineering Craftsmanship: a short history tracing the adventurous development of Tangye's Limited, Smethwick, 1857–1957
  • King Edward VI High School for Girls, 1883–1983
  • Six King Edward Schools, 1883–1983
  • The 1990s and a Christian Response to Consumerism
  • The Birmingham and Midland Institute: the Institute's contributions to Birmingham, 1855–2005

Joint authorship:

  • How Birmingham became a Great City (jointly with John Whybrow)
  • Birmingham One Hundred Years Ago: social and political life and cultural life (jointly with Charles Parish)