The Women’s History Network Annual Conference

The annual WHN conference is held each year in late August or early September. It  aims to bring together anyone interested in women’s history; for many of our members the conference is the highlight of belonging to the network.

The Conference is a friendly and welcoming event, providing an exciting forum where people from the UK and beyond can meet and share research and interests.

Each year well-known historians give plenary speakers and we hold a reception at which the WHN prizes are awarded.  There are some bursaries available to enable postgraduate students or those on a low income to attend.

To get a sense of what attending one of our conferences is like, take a look at the short film we had made of our 2017 Conference in Birmingham

Save the Date: Next Year’s Conference


Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political  CONFERENCE ANNOUNCEMENT AND CALL FOR PAPERS 2019 marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act in Britain, which opened all ‘civil professions or vocations’, including the civil service and legal profession, to women. It was a significant landmark – but neither a beginning or an

Previous Conferences

2018 Conference – The Campaign for Women’s Suffrage : National and International Perspectives

In 2018 our conference was held beside the sea at the University of Portsmouth. There was a wonderful range of speakers from UK and beyond, some of the highlights included Barbara Caine from the University of Sydney discussing Feminist Autobiography and the Creation of the Self and Eric Franklin from the University of Basel, Switzerland

2017 Conference – Women and the Wider World

The University of Birmingham hosted the 2017 WHN conference, entitled ’Women and the Wider World’. For those delegates who arrived early enough on Thursday night, a heritage walking tour of campus was provided. For those arriving at the University Station a little later, a slow stroll to the accommodation offered a sample of the picturesque

2016 Conference – Women’s Material Cultures / Women’s Material Enviroments

On 16 and 17 September, Leeds Trinity University hosted the 25th annual Women’s History Network conference, consisting of two keynotes, two illustrated talks, and nineteen panels and a total of fifty-one papers. The papers and presentations explored innovative and diverse research, projects and collections about women’s material cultures and environments from the medieval period to

2015 Conference – Female Agency, activism and organization

This year’s Women’s History Network Conference on the theme of Female Agency, Activism and Organisation took place at the University of Kent in Canterbury. The conference drew in researchers from Australia to Canada, and from Italy to the UK, covering topics from science and medicine to religion and education, to name just a few. In

2014 Conference – Home Fronts: Gender, War and Conflict September

We were at the University of Worcester for our conference in 2014.  In the opening remarks of illuminating keynote. which focussed on the home front in a Derbyshire village, Karen Hunt light-heartedly touched on the plethora of First World War commemorations. They were everywhere, she reflected, but this should not make us immune to the

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