2016 Conference – Women’s Material Cultures / Women’s Material Enviroments

On 16 and 17 September, Leeds Trinity University hosted the 25th annual Women’s History Network conference, consisting of two keynotes, two illustrated talks, and nineteen panels and a total of fifty-one papers. The papers and presentations explored innovative and diverse research, projects and collections about women’s material cultures and environments from the medieval period to the twenty-first century.  After a welcome address by Prof. Margaret House, Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, day one started with the first paper panels. Dr Helen Kingstone chaired the ‘Political Object[ion]s’ panel and enjoyed ‘Rosanne Waine’s beautifully illustrated paper [that] brought to life the dangers and potency of wearing tartan’ after the 1745 Jacobite rebellion, while ‘Bernadette Cahill’s case study showed how the American suffrage movement in the 1850s and 1860s was marginalised after the abolition of slavery.’

WHN delegates trying on replica clothing