Rachel Elizabeth Waterhouse
|Died||14 October 2020 (aged 97)|
|Education||King Edward VI High School for Girls|
|Alma mater||St Hugh's College, Oxford|
Dame Rachel Elizabeth Waterhouse English local historian, consumer affairs activist and writer.(2 January 1923 – 14 October 2020) was an
Rachel Franklin was born in Whitchurch, Somerset, the daughter of Percival Franklin, a loss adjuster, and his wife Ruby (née Knight). The family relocated to Birmingham while she was a child. Rachel won a scholarship to King Edward VI High School for Girls in the city, then an exhibition to study history at St Hugh's College, Oxford, graduating in 1944. After the Second World War she returned to Birmingham where she married John Waterhouse, a university lecturer, in 1947. In 1950 she completed a PhD at the University of Birmingham.
She was a member of the group which resurrected the Lunar Society around 1990 and became its founder Chairman.
Waterhouse was a council member of the Consumers' Association from 1966 and its chairman from 1982 to 1990. She was also a member of the National Consumer Council and of the Health and Safety Commission.
Waterhouse was made a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1980 and a Dame Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 1990.
Waterhouse died in October 2020 at the age of 97. Her husband predeceased her in 2000. She was survived by her children, Matthew, Edmund, Deborah and Rebecca, eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
- The 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
- 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)