Valerie Wright

Alison Mayne: Bursary Winner Report – Textile Treasures in the Hope MacDougall Collection, Dunollie

I was delighted and surprised to be awarded one of two Women’s History Scotland Research Bursaries for 2019.  It meant that a ‘pipe dream’ plan to spend time absorbed in the archives at Dunollie Castle and Museum could be realised.  I had intended and expected a small scale study of some of the knitted textiles and knitting …

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‘The Rise and Fall of Timex Dundee’ BBC Scotland – 15 October 2019

Tuesday 15th of October was good for women’s history in Scotland. After returning from seeing ‘Her Century’ at the cinema I watched ‘The Rise and Fall of Timex Dundee’ on BBC Scotland. You can watch the trailer here: “They sum up Dundee women… don’t mess with us!” The Rise and Fall of Timex Dundee is now …

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Out Gallivanting – #HerCentury: Scotland’s Women on Film, 15 October 2019

On Tuesday last week I was lucky to get a ticket for the sold out screening of ‘Her Century: Scotland’s Women on Film‘ at the GFT in Glasgow. Loved seeing this film this evening with @VAWright10 . Great to see the real lives of Scottish women – although with a few minor celebrities thrown in …

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***REGISTRATION OPEN*** WHS Annual Conference – ‘Gender Transgressions – Historical perspectives’, New College, University of Edinburgh, 15-16 November 2019

Women’s History Scotland are delighted to invite you to our annual conference – ‘Gender Transgressions – Historical perspectives’. We have a very exciting line-up of speakers exploring wide-ranging themes, perspectives and historical chronology. Full programme – WHS Gender Transgressions_Provisional Programme We open the conference on Friday 15 November with an evening of FREE public events, beginning at 4pm with …

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Guest blog: Anne Pettigrew ‘Advancing women- Opportunity and respect in careers’

In this guest post author and former GP Anne Pettigrew follows the opportunities for autonomy experienced by the last four generations of women in her family. As she suggests ‘We accepted the norm of chauvinism and #MeToo at work. This generation must not’. Self-determination, education, opportunity and respect are all essential for the advancement of women. But …

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Guest blog: Lisa Doyle ‘‘Doing My Bit for Ireland’: A Scottish woman’s first-hand account of the Easter Rising’

In this guest post Lisa Doyle discusses Margaret Skinnider’s first-hand account of her political activism in Ireland during the Easter Rising.  The Easter Rising was a landmark event in Irish history, and the women who took part, although forming a small fraction of the rebels, played an integral role. It is estimated that one hundred women, out …

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Guest blog: Sue Bard ‘Review of Madame Scotia, Madame Scrap by Hélène Witcher’

Madame Scotia, Madame Scrap is the story of Héloïse Russell-Fergusson, a clarsach player and composer of great originality and breadth of vision, an intrepid traveller and seeker-out of world music long before the term was invented and a serious scholar. Her scholarly work included the 19 volume Russell-Fergusson Collection of Harps that now resides in the …

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Out Gallivanting – Spanish Flu: Nursing during history’s most deadly pandemic

Aberdeen Central Library recently hosted an exhibition on Nursing during the Spanish flu epidemic. The information boards and short films shown were produced by the Florence Nightingale Museum, and are supplemented by material from Aberdeen City Archives. The public launch of the exhibition was held on Wednesday, 10 April, with a short introduction by Lord Provost …

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Guest blog: Liz Smith ‘Margaret Sharp Peace – Greenock Poet’

In this guest post Liz Smith argues that Margaret Sharp Peace a local Greenock poet born in 1822 was a remarkable woman with the confidence to publish her own poems which related family life and who deserves to be better known in her home town, in Scotland and beyond. This post first featured on Liz’s blog ‘The Greenockian’ …

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**WINNERS ANNOUNCED: WHS BURSARY 2019**

We were delighted that in our second year we received so many strong applications from postgraduate students, early career researchers and independent scholars from across the country. After much deliberation and discussion, the steering committee decided to grant two awards this year given the strength of the submissions. Many congratulations to Mara Dougall and Dr Alison …

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