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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Guest blog: Kirsty Mcgrory ‘The Subversive Fantasy of Isobel Gowdie’

In this guest post Kirsty McGrory analyses the testimony of Isobel Gowdie, who was put on trail in 1660 in Scotland for witchcraft. She argues that Gowdie’s testimony was a calculated and empowering feminist counter-narrative for an utterly disenfranchised existence. Denied power in the material world, Gowdie created an empowered and subversive identity for herself in the imaginative realm.  This article …

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** CFP – WHS Annual Conference 2019: ‘Gender Transgressions – Historical Perspectives’, Saturday 16 November **

The Call for Papers for this year’s Women’s History Scotland Conference is now open! ‘Gender Transgressions – Historical Perspectives’ will explore the idea of transgressing gender norms (including those relating to masculinity and femininity) and the consequences of this for individuals or groups. The conference will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday 16 November. We welcome proposals relating to all …

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Listening to Women’s Voices: Dundee Women’s Festival 16 March 2019

It was a snowy, windy Spring day, but we made it to Dundee for our Oral History Workshop on Saturday 16th  March as part of the Dundee Women’s Festival. A good number of hardy souls braved the weather to join us on the HMS Unicorn where we set up in in the beautiful Captain’s Room. The voices …

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**International Women’s Day 2019** Wikipedia edit-a-thon, University of Edinburgh – 8 March 2019

This year Women’s History Scotland are pleased to be collaborating with the University of Edinburgh‘s Information Services in a Wikipedia edit-a-thon on the theme of ‘Women of Edinburgh‘. The event will celebrate the lives and contributions that Edinburgh women have made which are currently missing from Wikipedia. The University’s Information Services team will help volunteers focus on improving …

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