Community History Prize

This annual prize of £500 is awarded to the team behind a Community History Project by, about, or for women in a particular locale or community which has been completed between the 1 January 2018 and 31st May 2019. It has been sponsored by The History Press since 2015.

Last year’s prize was won by the wonderful entry from the Royal College of Nursing- please follow this link to see more about it:

For details of this year’s competition go to

Call for Papers – Love Letters

Call for Papers – Love Letters

What is and does a love letter? Are there any essential elements, or do the defining characteristics of amorous correspondence change from generation to generation, and from one culture to another? Is a song, the words of which adopt the conventions of epistolary communication, a letter? Or a love poem in an envelope? Or a greeting card?

At a 2016 conference in Oxford, England academics and non-academics explored these ideas within an inter-disciplinary context. We are now interested in taking these questions further with a publication (Brill). In the aim of further enriching this …

Research in Progress Postgraduate Workshop – Histories of Gender, University of Reading, 24 October 2018

A report from the post-graduates students who were awarded a grant by the WHN in 2018.

The University of Reading’s History Department hosted its inaugural postgraduate workshop under the recently launched Gender and Sexuality Research Cluster. The theme of the workshop was deliberately broad, inviting papers that were not limited by any specific historical period or global region; the premise of the workshop was to provide a platform for researchers of a variety of topics to engage with each other by a universal approach.…

Why we should remember the housewives of the First World War, by Professor Karen Hunt

As our high streets become covered in poppies, we should ask ourselves who we are being asked to commemorate. Despite four years of television programmes, exhibitions, art installations and local history projects, we still seem to find it easier to focus on the trenches rather than the home front; on men rather than women; and among the women, on munition workers and VADs rather than housewives. The stories we tell have hardly changed despite the large amount of money put into commemoration through the Heritage Lottery Fund, large scale projects like the BBC’s WW1 at Home and the various …

Women in the Service Industries in Southern Africa since 1900 – Dr Andrew Cohen & Dr Rory Pilossof

Women in the Service Industries in Southern Africa since 1900.

Andrew Cohen (University of Kent) and Rory Pilossof (University of the Free State)

There is a rich and well-developed historiography on work and labour in southern Africa. The colonial occupation of the region gave rise to new forms of work and social arrangements that have been well documented. The two most notable arenas of work were on the mines and white owned commercial farms that came into being under colonial rule. These two sectors dominate the historiography on work and labour, in both colonial and post-colonial studies. In addition, there …