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 Magazine 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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WHN Midlands Region conference: The First World War: Culture and Society


Saturday, 22 November 2014

EEG 087 (Urwin Lecture Theatre)

University of Worcester, St. John’s Campus, Henwick Grove, Worcester, WR2 6AJ.

Conference program and booking form – please click here  – WHNConf-November2014-Final


Global Conference: Letters and Letter Writing, Portugal, March 2015

Global Conference: Letters and Letter Writing: Sunday 22nd March – Tuesday 24th March 2015, Lisbon, Portugal

Call for Presentations:  Letters are central to research in many disciplines yet have rarely been addressed in a genuinely multi-disciplinary way. The first interdisciplinary conference on letters and letter writing in 2013 opened up a number of interesting avenues of inquiry. From Roman epistles to neo-epistolarity; from high Victorian fiction to literary modernism; from concentration camps to asylums; the letter has a bewildering variety of functions, forms and meanings. We would like to continue this dialogue by opening up a call for presentations around …

Can We Talk? Gossip in American History and Culture

KFwhen private talk cover

Rumor, hearsay, tittle-tattle, scuttlebutt, scandal, dirt. From mid-to-late 1600s colonial Virginia churchyards and New England courthouses to the early-twentieth-first-century blogosphere—and in many places and times in between—gossip has been called many things. It is one of the most common—and often condemned or dismissed—forms of communication.  Religious injunctions against gossip appear in Christian, Jewish, and Islamic texts.  The long association of gossip and women has strengthened such largely negative connotations.  Indeed, the late comedian, performer, entrepreneur Joan Rivers built a long, tumultuous, and ultimately wildly successful career on the persona of the simultaneously formidable and frivolous female gossip, whether she was …

Royal British Legion F.A.N.Y Talk – Bedford Sept 22


The Royal British Legion, Bedford and District Branch

The Legacy of World War I Lecture Series: 22 September 2014

First Anywhere – Philomena Liggins

On the 5th August 1914, twenty-four year old Miss Grace Ashley-Smith went to the War Office to offer the services of the ladies of the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. Thus begins the story of the determination, dedication and bravery of the F.A.N.Y. Corps on the battle fields of Belgium.

The venue of the each talk is The Great Hall, Bedford School, De Parys Avenue, Bedford MK40 2TU commencing at 7:30 pm and each will last about

Reading as Life Line: A Literary Mother from 11th Century Japan

“For we think back through our mothers, if we are women,” wrote Virginia Woolf  in A Room of One’s Own, the book in which she reflected on women as writers and pondered the scarcity of women’s writing in world literary history, and therefore the paucity of mothers for women to “think back through.” I was deeply influenced by this comment of Woolf’s when I first read it.  I am a scholar of Japanese classical literature.  An engagement with feminist criticism that began with reading Woolf stimulated me to devote my energies to making the literary works of the women …

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