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‘She made me stand on a wooden board when ironing…’ Suburban Domestic Life in 1930s Ireland, By Rachel Sayers

Our latest blog post mixes family, domestic, and Irish women’s history, and is written by Rachel Sayers.

My maternal Grandmother, Doris Moran nee Hamilton, often recalled to me her experiences of growing up in 1930s Dromore, County Down a small market town in the North of Ireland. These re-collections often centred around the excitement of her mother, my great-grandmother, Mary-Agnes Hamilton, bringing home new electrical appliances such as an iron, toaster, a kettle or the much sought-after wireless radio set. My great-grandmother was often ‘afraid’ of these new devices; a common fear since early electrical devices where sometimes shoddily …

Dr Marion Phillips: Sunderland’s First Female MP (1929-1931) by Dr. Sarah Hellawell

Heritage matters! In our latest brilliant blog post, Dr. Sarah Hellawell tells us about Dr. Marion Phillips, Sunderland’s First Female MP and the installation of a blue heritage plaque at the site of the Sunderland Labour Party’s former offices.

Over the last 18 months, I have delivered a number of public talks in Sunderland as part of the suffrage centenary commemorations. Surprised that few people in the audience have heard of Sunderland’s first female MP, I have delved a little deeper into the archival sources on Marion Phillips and her work in the North East of England. One of …

Margaret Sanger and Elise Ottesen-Jensen: Their Early Connection, By Saniya Lee Ghanoui

In our latest blog, Saniya Lee Ghanoui gives us a fascinating glimpse into the epistolary relationship between Margaret Sanger and Elise Ottesen-Jensen.

In the early 1930s, American birth control reformer Margaret Sanger began corresponding with Swedish sex education leader Elise Ottesen-Jensen, founder, in 1933, of the Swedish Association for Sexuality Education (RFSU, Riksförbundent för sexuell upplysning). In this short post I highlight a single exchange between Sanger and Ottesen-Jensen that underscores how the pair drew upon one another for assistance with their respective efforts at liberalizing access to birth control and sex education. Fifteen years after the following exchange …

Clothing in 17th-Century Provincial England by Dr Danae Tankard

In our latest post, Dr Danae Tankard gives us a sneak preview of her forthcoming monograph, Clothing in 17th Century England, which will be released later this September.

My new book, Clothing in 17th-Century Provincial England (Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), examines the clothing culture of men and women living in Sussex.  It draws on an extensive and previously unexploited range of archival sources as well as a wide selection of contemporary literature.

In the book I use literary sources to identify and explore contemporary ideas about clothing, the individual and society, the relationship between London and the provinces, and …

Victoria Caste and Gosha hospital in shaping women’s healthcare in Colonial Madras by Arnab Chakraborty

In our latest fascinating post, Arnab Chakraborty details the intersections of gender, caste, and colonialism in nineteenth century Madras.

In late nineteenth century colonial India, it was extremely unlikely that upper caste Indian women were being treated at Western medical institutions. There were certain factors apart from caste, religious and class superstitions, and the purdah that kept the inner sanctum of colonial Indian households hidden from and untouched by the apparent glow of Western healthcare. Madras, one of the three presidencies in colonial India, had one of the most progressive and liberal healthcare systems in the colonial period, and it …