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Opening the Door to Westminster: Remembering Eunice Guthrie Murray, Scotland’s First Female Parliamentary Candidate

One hundred years ago today, some women in Scotland went to the polling stations for the first time to have their say in the parliamentary elections. Throughout 2018, across Scotland we have been celebrating 100 years since the Representation of the People Act (1918) came into being. As we should all know by now, this …

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Sue Innes Memorial Lecture 2018 – Prof Sarah Pedersen

On Saturday 29th September 2018, we held our 11th annual Sue Innes Memorial Lecture at Abertay University, Dundee. This has been an exciting year for women’s history with so many events celebrating and commemorating one hundred years since women over 30 years of age gained the right to vote. We were delighted to have as our speaker Professor Sarah …

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Kate Mathis: Bursary Winner Report – Medieval Gaelic literature in the Scottish Celtic Revival

Medieval Gaelic literature in the Scottish Celtic Revival: The case of Deirdre in the work of Alice C. Macdonell Written, with gratitude, for receipt of a Women’s History Scotland Bursary 2018, which enabled presentation of the following research at the Sixth International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, Sabhal Mòr Ostaig UHI The period …

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Malicious Mischief? – Scottish Suffragettes exhibition at National Records of Scotland, Edinburgh

For all of you interested in learning even more about the campaign for women’s suffrage in Scotland there is currently an exhibition on at the National Records of Scotland in Edinburgh entitled Malicious Mischief? – Scottish Suffragettes exhibition. It opened on the 1st of August and will end on the 31st of August. Catch it while you …

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1911 Census Protest in Scotland – Request for information

Earlier this year Women’s History Scotland published ‘The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Scotland 1967-1928: A Learning Resource’, in which we discussed both the campaigns of suffragist and suffragettes demanding the vote for women on the same terms as men. Ruth Boreham is currently undertaking research into the protests made by women in Scotland in refusing …

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Caroline Douglas: Bursary Winner Report – ‘Wipe ma haunds’

 “to wipe ma haunds” – and she made a graceful gesture over her shoulder with a fine pair, full in the palm and slender in the fingers – perfect pictures. ELIZABETH RIGBY MEETING ‘FISHWIFE’ JEANIE WILSON In 1843, David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson formed one of the world’s first photographic studios, ‘Rock House’, in …

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Out Gallivanting: Women’s Memorials Health Walk, 14 June 2018

As part of the Golden Games programme to encourage exercise by the over 65s, Sport Aberdeen organised a Memorials to Women Walk on 14 June.  The route was planned by walk leader Fiona Rennie.  I was asked to join to the walk to talk about the memorials, which all feature on our project Mapping Memorials …

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Processions 2018: One month to go! Sunday 10 June in Edinburgh

For those members of Women’s History Scotland who remember with fondness the Guid Cause march back in 2009, well there’s another opportunity to march through the streets of Edinburgh to commemorate the work of suffrage campaigners, suffragists and suffragettes, which led to the Representation of the People Act in February 1918. Processions is described a …

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**WINNERS ANNOUNCED: WHS BURSARY 2018**

We were delighted that in our inaugural year we received 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 numerous awards given the strength of the submissions. Many congratulations to Mairi Hamilton, Kate Mathis  and Caroline Douglas. Mairi …

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