Just outside Ryde on the Isle of Wight is a derelict and abandoned holiday park known as Harcourt Sands. It is situated on what was once the vast grounds of St. Clare estate, where the Harcourt family once lived, and Queen Victoria visited.
This second story by Nick Minns, about scientific pioneers on the Isle of Wight, reveals the forgotten history of ‘AVH’; a chemist, who with his wife, Rachel, was instrumental in championing science and university education for women in the C19th. He was also the inspiration behind a character from one of the children’s literary greats…
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