Demon, Guardian Angel or Soldier?  Perspectives of West Sussex Land Women of the First World War by Glenda Holder

In our latest great blog, Glenda Holder examines representations of Women land workers in West Sussex during the First World War.

On 25 April 1918 The West Sussex Gazette made the damning assessment that ‘West Sussex is the worst county in England as regards its contribution to women’s work on the land’.[1] This statement became the focus for my MA dissertation where I argued that not only was this a gross misrepresentation of the efforts made by the women of the county, it failed to acknowledge the agency that women were taking over their own lives.

Pre-war women in


The Dairy Princess of Leeds 1960 and I grabbed a station cab to Leeds Industrial Museum at Armley Mills last month to see the Queens of Industry: From Loom to Limelight exhibition there.

Celia Gledhill was lugging a holdall full of what the exhibition curator, John McGoldrick, would value as an archivist’s dream: ceremonial sashes, press clippings, correspondence, and glossy 10” x 8” photos.

We were going to enjoy learning about Wool Queens, Gas Queens, Coal Queens, Railway Queens. From the 1920s to the 1980s these grass-roots human beings were units in advertising campaigns to boost consumer consumption in …

Race Women Internationalists Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles, by Dr. Imaobong D Umoren.

In this, our latest blog post, we are delighted to hear from Dr. Imaobong D Umoren, winner of the 2019 women’s history network first book prize for: Race Women Internationalists Activist-Intellectuals and Global Freedom Struggles.

The book developed out of my PhD thesis and explores the travels and involvement of Afro-Caribbean and African American women within a range of internationalist movements in the first half of the twentieth century. Based on newspaper articles, speeches, and creative fiction and adopting a comparative perspective, the book brings together the Jamaican Una Marson, the Martiniquan Paulette Nardal, and the African American Eslanda …

Deceitful bodies by Stephanie Fern Allen

In our latest blog, Stephanie Allen gives us an insight into historical notions of body modification and manipulation.

In the twenty-first century, we are becoming encouraged to embrace our bodies as they are. To showcase their qualities and embrace the natural flaws we were born with. Advertising campaigns such as Dove and Malteasers are showing society that all types of bodies are beautiful, whether they be petite, curvy, tall, scarred or disabled. These days self-expression and self-identity is very much reflected in how our bodies are presented, we choose which elements to enhance and which to cover up. I claim …

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 …