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Elizabeth Fry Suite

Elizabeth Fry Suite

Located on the second floor, the Elizabeth Fry Suite is one of our most versatile event spaces. The suite can be broken out into two different rooms, and offers a large choice of layouts for up to 40 delegates, in theatre style. Trainings, away days, board meetings, workshops, this suite will adapt to most of your event requirements.

  • Second floor
  • Step-free access via the accessible lift
  • Air-conditioned
  • Natural daylight

All of our meeting rooms include complimentary Wi-Fi access, conference notepads and pens for each delegate*, stationery box, and flipchart pad.

*As part of our commitment to being a sustainable venue, these will be provided on request.

Capacity 30
Circle of Chairs
Capacity 28
Capacity 30
Capacity 36
Capacity 25
U Shaped Boardroom
Capacity 25
Hollow Boardroom
Capacity 40
Theatre / Lecture
Capacity 25

Elizabeth Gurney was born in Norwich in 1780. The Gurneys were a wealthy Quaker banking family and Elizabeth’s mother Catherine was part of the Barclay family. She married Joseph Fry in 1800, settled in East London and had 11 children.

In 1813, Elizabeth Fry began visiting female prisoners, held with their children in Newgate Prison. She presented evidence of unsanitary conditions to the House of Commons demanding improved conditions. This led to reforms bringing hope of rehabilitation, including better provision of cells, schools for children, and the opportunity for women to create items for sale.

She campaigned endlessly for penal reform and the abolition of capital punishment and visited prisons across Britain and Europe.

Elizabeth Fry also worked with the homeless and with the poor, distributing clothing, food, and medicine. She was an advocate of the smallpox vaccination.

In 1840, she established a training school for nurses called the Society of Nursing Sisters. This school inspired Florence Nightingale who established her own training school in 1860.

She died in 1845 and was buried in Barking; her headstone has since been moved to Wanstead Quaker Burial Ground.

From 2002–2017 Elizabeth Fry’s portrait was on the Bank of England £5 note, recognising her lasting influence on social reform.

The Library in Friends House contains 17 volumes of her personal journal.


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