Tag Archives: Women’s History


 Ruth Beazleytriangle photo

Stansfield Grange. Home to the ‘Triangle Mill Sisters’

The ‘Triangle Mill Sisters’ exhibition was awarded the WHN Community prize in 2014 and as a follow up Ruth Beazley has written a book and created a web site both of which will be available from the beginning of September 2016.

The exhibition includes over two hundred photographs from a collection by Ted Fenton and presents first-hand stories from women who lived in the building when it was a hostel for women mill workers between the 1920s and the 1970s. The exhibition has been touring Calderdale libraries for two years …

Few Blue Plaques, Few Statues: Where Are We? Holding Up Half The Sky? For What?

Edith Cavell Photo: Robin Joyce

Edith Cavell
Photo: Robin Joyce

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Yes, women ‘hold up half the sky’ but public acknowledgements are rare. On March 2nd the paucity of blue plaques was reviewed in the WHN blog, and commentary on action to rectify the problem aired. The blue plaques dedicated to women in Oxford was described, using Elizabeth Jean Warr’ s (2011) The Oxford Plaque Guide, The History Press, as a reference.  Not enough anywhere is an easily argued verdict.

Now Caroline Criado- Perez, writing in the New Statesman (March 26th 2016), has drawn attention to the lack of women’s statues in …

Call for participants: Women at university in the 1960s and 70s

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Bethany White, researcher



My name is Bethany White and I am a doctoral student in History at Oxford University. My research focuses on working-class women’s experiences of higher education between 1965 and 1975.


I am looking for women who attended a higher education institution during this time period, who would have thought of themselves as ‘working-class’ (even if they no longer do!), and who would be willing to take part in an informal interview about their experiences.


If you would be interested in participating, please e-mail me at bethany.white@history.ox.ac.uk where I can provide you with …

How far have women progressed in the UK construction industry?


Owen Goodhead, MD of Randstad Construction, Property & Engineering, which provides permanent and temporary recruitment solutions for the construction, property and engineering sectors.

The Shard London Bridge

The Shard London Bridge


It wasn’t so long ago that seeing a woman on a building site would have been a rare thing indeed. The industry was dominated almost entirely by men with women consigned to office-based or secretarial roles if they ventured into the arena at all.


The construction industry’s lack of diversity isn’t helped by the fact it has long been saddled with a poor public image. Despite lengthy positive recruitment campaigns, the …

Abstracts: Papers to be Presented at the WHN Conference 2016


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The following presenters have been generous in providing the abstracts of the papers that they will present at the conference: Dr Pam Jarvis, Bernadette Cahill and Teresa Barnard. These abstracts appear below. Additional presenters are being approached for permission to post their work on the blog. Further abstracts will be posted throughout the weeks leading to the conference. Thank you to all the writers for your generosity, the abstracts provide a welcome addition to the WHN Blog.


Teresa Barnard

Letters to Emma: Epistolary Material Culture.

Can epistolary culture be considered material? Alexander Pope defined …