Women were not admitted as members to the Woolhope Club until 1954 and then only after some objections. But despite the ban some were able to make valuable contributions. In 1867 the Reverend Keys read a paper to the Club about field mushrooms. The interesting observations in the paper stimulated the President, Dr Bull, to organise 'Fungus Forays' which led to the foundation of the British Mycological Society. Mrs Keys had actually made the observations and written the paper. Edith Bull and Alice Ellis were the illustrators of the Herefordshire Pomona published by the Woolhope Club between 1878 and 1884.
It is extraordinary that women were not admitted for 100 years
Emma Sarah Hutchinson (1820-1905) came to live in Kimbolton with her parents in 1832 and married the vicar of Kimbolton in 1847. Her husband was a member of the Woolhope Club and a keen botanist. Emma had three sons and four daughters, all of whom were naturalists, Emma herself became a nationally famous lepidopterist with a collection of 15,000 specimens shown often to the club and now in the British Museum. A butterfly is named after her and she is remembered for her breeding and rearing of Lepidoptera. She compiled lists in the Club Transactions.
Agrotis cinerea (Light Feathered Rustic)
Four moths that Sarah caught at Grantsfield, Kimbolton in the 1850s that have not been found in Herefordshire since.