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WHN Independent Researchers for 2022/23

The Women’s History Network is delighted to announce four new Independent Researcher grants for the 2022/23 academic year. The grants provide financial support to those working on women’s history outside of academia. This year we are very pleased to be supporting three very different projects:

Amanda Allan

Amanda is researching the life of an English Victorian woman, Rose Caroline Lady Graves Sawle (1818 – 1914) and the patchwork quilt that she made. The quilt is in the collection of The Royal Cornwall Museum, where Amanda works. Amanda will be producing a publication on the life of Lady Graves, which not only tells the story of her life, but also examines her creative outputs: her quilt, but also her poetry, paintings and photography. We are excited to see the results of this blend of biography and art history!

Emily Hooke

Emily is writing a group biography of several women active in the Second World War French resistance, layering their experience as wartime resisters with their postwar efforts to document and communicate their and others’ histories. She’ll be building on her doctoral thesis, and undertaking new research in Paris, examining some newly deposited archival records, and interviewing the descendants of some resisters. She plans to publish her research as a trade book, which we very much look forward to reading!

Patricia Sutton

Patricia’s research explores women impacted by the policies of Victorian transportation during Gladstone’s brief period as Colonial Secretary. Taking a microhistory approach, she’ll be investigating two women whose lives were affected by one man’s crime: one remained in England, becoming a single parent when her husband was transported The other, as a free woman from Canada, emigrated to Australia and later married him. One became a businesswoman, the other the grandmother of a future Deputy Prime Minister of Australia. Excitingly, the fruits of Patricia’s research will be published as a creative non-fiction book, which we eagerly await!

If you can’t wait for any of these exciting publications, do keep an eye on our blog as we’ll be sharing a snippet from each of our new researchers through the year. Congratulations to all!