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…


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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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Women’s History Autumn 2015

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Special issue on ‘Teaching Women’s and Gender History ’.


  • Lucinda Matthews-Jones on Teaching Women’s and Gender History: Introducing Our Past, Present and Future, 4
  • Joanne Begiato on Moustaches, Mollies, and Muscularity: Teaching the History of Masculinity, 8
  • Jennifer Davey with Emma Blackburne, Emily Hilder, Katherine Reynolds, Emily Souders and Sophie Wilson on ‘What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket’: Some reflections on teaching and learning women’s history, 11
  • Amanda Markwell on

Horrible Histories? Children’s Lives in Historical Contexts


16 and 17 June 2016, King’s College London

It is now over forty years since the bold declaration of psychohistorian Lloyd deMause that ‘The history of childhood is a nightmare from which we have only recently begun to awaken’. Stirred by such claims, scholars have subsequently tested the ‘nightmare thesis’ for both the pre-modern and modern eras, locating children’s agency in unexpected places and stressing the contingencies of context, gender, ethnicity, age, class, caste and sexuality. Narratives of historic and contemporary institutional abuse, however, together with insights concerning the legacies of forced child migration, children’s labours and other challenging aspects …

The ‘Fallen Woman’ in Victorian Britain


Exhibition: The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
This major exhibition explores the myth and reality of the ‘fallen woman’ and reveals the untold stories of the women who gave up their babies to the Foundling Hospital

In an age when sexual innocence was highly valued and sex for a respectable woman was deemed appropriate only within marriage, the loss of chastity for an unwed woman had multiple repercussions. The figure of the ‘fallen’ woman was popularly portrayed in art, literature and the media as Victorian moralists warned against the consequences of losing one’s virtue.

This exhibition draws …

Music performance: Mary Anning, Rosalind Franklin and Miriam Rothschild


Community History Prize 2015 prizewinner

Maggie Andrews with Community History Prize winner Ruth Beazley for Triangle Mill Sisters

Maggie Andrews with Community History Prize winner Ruth Beazley for Triangle Mill Sisters

There were twenty-three wonderful competitors for the Community History Prize which was won by Ruth Beazley who, with some support from local libraries, undertook a project entitled Triangle Mill Sisters. The focus of the project was the 100 women mill workers who lived in a hostel at Triangle, near Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, between the 1920s and 1970s. The project began with a unique collection of 200 photographs of this community of women, which has formed the basis of displays, interviews and events as well as archival …

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