WHS on BBC Scotlands ‘Time Travels’

BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Time Travels’ series presented by the fantastic Sue Morrison and produced by Dr Louise Yeoman is back with the usual great line up of episodes looking at variety of aspects of Scottish history from the sex and the single girl to boys in trouble. The new series features a number of our Women’s History Scotland members. It airs nice and early at 6.30 am on Sundays on BBC Radio Scotland, but for those late risers you can listen again later through the website.


Fenella Paton, Birth control pioneer 1926
IMAGE: Aberdeen Library, Silver vault, Ref: AWA02_02

On Sunday 22nd November, Dr Alison McCall is talking about birth control pioneer Fenella Paton and the first birth control clinic in Aberdeen in the 1920s. 

On Sunday 29th November, it’s Sex and the Single Girl with our runner up for last year’s Women’s History Scotland Essay Prize, Kristin Hay. Kristin is an oral historian currently researching birth control in late twentieth century Scotland at the University of Strathclyde. If you are interested in taking part in her research, please email her kristin.hay@strath.ac.uk for more details. 

Then on Sunday 13th December, we have Dr Hannah Telling who will be telling us about the case of the ex-monk who was not actually a monk! John James Moore lectured in Dundee, 1884-1885 making his money off the largely working class masses who came to hear what the masquerading ex-monk had to say. His celebrated stay in Dundee came to an acrimonious end when he was implicated in several charges of sodomy. Tune in to hear more.

You can catch earlier episodes featuring other members of WHS on the Time Travels Podcast

Listen again to Dr Ashley Dee on domestic abuse in Victorian Scotland and Dr Rebecca Mason on women in the Scottish Courts. There’s more from Dr Hannah Telling on violent crime and if you want to listen again to histories of Scottish domestic life then check out Dr Val Wright on spinster accommodation and Dr Yvonne McFadden on post-war washing machines and kitchens. 

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