WSPU postcard of Flora Drummond, Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst arrested on 13 October 1908, on a charge of conduct likely to provoke a breach of the peace; from  LSE Library’s collections, 7JCC/O/02/064…


The Home Front, WHN Conference image 2014. Image courtesy Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service…


Eleanor Rathbone campaigning (unsuccessfully) for election as an independent candidate for East Toxteth in Liverpool in 1922; from LSE Library’s collections COLL MISC 1104…


Women’s History is sent to WHN members in Spring, Summer and Autumn; digital copies are available for download.…


The Women’s Land Army in Britain during the Second World War; from the collections of The Imperial War Museum (IWM non commercial licence).…


1970s London from the series On a Good Day by Al Vandenberg; © Victoria and Albert Museum, London…


WSPU waitresses at a fund-raising event at The Women’s Exhibition in London May 1909; from LSE Library’s collections, TWL/2002/387




Millicent Garrett Fawcett addressing  an estimated 50,000 women  at a mass suffrage rally in Hyde Park on 26 July 1913; from LSE Library’s collections, 7JCC/O/01/177…

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Voluntary Action History Society 25th Anniversary Conference


Call for Papers:  We are pleased to announce that the Voluntary Action History Society’s 25th Anniversary Conference will take place at the University of Liverpool, UK,  between 13th and 15th July 2016.


We are looking for papers which will provide insights into the development of voluntary action history in the past twenty-five years and address the challenges it faces in the future. We are looking for papers which:

WHN Community Prize Entries 2015 – Part 1

Here are details of the first set of entries for this year’s WHN Community Prize. Winners will be announced at the WHN annual conference.

Aberdeen Women’s Heritage Trail

Aberdeen Women’s Alliance, Glasgow Women’s Library  and  Aberdeen’s Central Library

The first Walk sets off from the Town House. On the walls of the hallway are mortification boards relating to Lady Drum and Lady Rothiemay, who left bequests to found a home for “aged virgins” and a school for girls respectively.

The first Walk sets off from the Town House. On the walls of the hallway are mortification boards relating to Lady Drum and Lady Rothiemay, who left bequests to found a home for “aged virgins” and a school for girls respectively.

This project created a Heritage Trail, which now has twelve stops. With more than one woman connected to some …

Serendipity in the Archives – Finding something when least expected!

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In the first winter of the First World War – in 1914 – a number of women from North West England signed the Open Letter to the Women of Austria and Germany in a gesture of sisterhood and solidarity. The letter was instigated by Emily Hobhouse, a Quaker activist who had highlighted the plight of Boers in the South African concentration camps during the Boer War, and she used her contacts across the suffrage, pacifist and socialist networks to get support for the letter. The letter appeared in the radical press in early January 1915. Over 100 women signed it …

IFC – Isabella Forsyth Christie – Later Bews



Isabella Forsyth Christie was a schoolteacher. As far as I know she didn’t do much other than teach. She most certainly isn’t famous, she wasn’t even particularly well known in her day, apart perhaps, amongst the communities where she taught. She was a primary teacher in late nineteenth, early twentieth century Scotland where the curriculum was limited to not much more than good handwriting, bible studies, arithmetic and sewing. It was only because of the sewing that I know anything about her. I was visiting Kinloch Rannoch school in Highland Perthshire with storyteller Claire Hewitt, where we were discussing …

Celebrating the Life of Winifred Holtby (1898 – 1935)

Holtby event

Saturday 19 September 2015 – 10.00 am – 4.00 pm

Join us at Hull History Centre to celebrate the life of Yorkshire born novelist, journalist and political activist. Exhibitions and talks will explore the diverse interests of one of the most popular characters of the early twentieth century.

If enough interest is shown, The Winifred Holtby Society will be relaunched.

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