Aldeburgh, Women and the Vote

I work at The Red House, the former home of Benjamin Britten, and we are organising a number of events for 2018—the first of which is to mark the anniversary of women getting the vote, at Aldeburgh Community Centre on Saturday 10 February. 

It’ll be a discussion afternoon, looking initially at the background to the Suffragette/Suffragist movement, then at some prominent local campaigners (Fawcett and Garrett Anderson); but we will also be discussing what the change in law meant to women in the area (or anywhere in the country) who weren’t eminent, wealthy, etc. The second half of the afternoon …

Gender/ mobility/ sea/ women’s history

Thurs 16 Nov London. Paper: Gendered mobility at sea 1960-2017; Comparing women’s changing seagoing roles in the Royal and Merchant Navies by Dr Jo Stanley.

SEMINAR: Transport & Mobilities History group, (

VENUE: The Peter Marshall Room, N204, Second Floor,  at the Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Senate House, Malet St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 7HU. Tel 0207 862 8740.

TIME: 5.30pm.

PLEASURE: It’s free and afterwards there will be a small launch party for Jo’s new book, Women and the Royal Navy by Jo Stanley, IB Tauris/NMRN,…

Conference call: Women’s Negotiations of Space, 1500-1900; January 2018, Hull

Welcome to the ‘Women’s Negotiations of Space, 1500-1900’ conference, to be held at the University of Hull on Thursday January 18th 2018. This one-day conference, organised by PhD students from the Gender, Place and Memory Research Cluster, is generously supported by the Women’s History Network Small Grants Postgraduate Scheme and the University of Hull Graduate School. We aim to bring together scholars, early career researchers and postgraduate researchers working on all aspects of women’s spatial histories between 1500-1900.

Women’s Studies Group: 1558-1837 (London): Speaker Sessions 2017-18

2017-18 SPEAKER SESSIONS. All meetings at the Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ.

We will be allowed into the room at 12.30 pm., to give us time to sort out paperwork and technology, but sessions will run from 1.00-4.00 pm. So please arrive a little early if you can.

Saturday September 23, 2017

Charmian Mansell: Female servants in the early modern community: space, place and identity.

Christina Paine: Crises of Celebrity (on Angelica Catalani and her experience as a highly successful female immigrant singer in London, between 1806 and 1814).

Emma Clery: Jane Austen on Money.…

Stories from the Birthing Room

London Renaissance Seminar

Stories from the birthing room


Thursday 18 May 3pm-8.30pm
Room G04,
Birkbeck College School of Arts, 43 Gordon Square, WC1


What happened in the early modern birthing room? Though the scene of birth is often understood as secret, a surprising number of texts tell us its story. Exploring material from Mary Tudor and Jane Seymour to the plays of Margaret Cavendish and the testimony of vagrant women, this event involves a seminar and a performed reading.


3pm-5pm Seminar.

Leah Astbury, ‘Preparing for delivery in seventeenth-century England’

Isabel Davis, ‘A birthing room but no birth’

Adrian Wilson, ‘A …