Mara Dougall: Bursary Winner Report – Rebels with a cause

It’s not everyone who is fascinated by the transportation problems of early twentieth century highland nurses. It doesn’t immediately sound like a particularly glamorous or exciting topic, but you’d be surprised how many ears prick up when they learn of the solution these women were presented with; a vehicle long associated in popular culture with the …

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Sue Innes Memorial Lecture 2019 – Listen now!

We were very lucky to have our new convenor Prof Eleanor Gordon giving this year’s Sue Innes Memorial Lecture on Friday 15 November entitled –‘Sex and the Single Girl: Working-Class Courtship in Scotland, 1855-1939′. The lecture was part of the opening evening of our conference this year entitled ‘Gender Transgressions – Historical Perspectives’ which was generously supported …

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Out Gallivanting – Sewing Resistance: Teaching through Chilean Textile Art – Foyer of Sir Duncan Rice Library, 10 Oct 2019-31 May 2020

As the exhibition explains: “when Patience Schell, Chair in Hispanic Studies, wanted her course on women’s history in Chile and Mexico to help students connect with the people they were learning about, she asked students to make arpilleras ( fabric tapestries) and write about the process as part of their assessment.”  The end result forms …

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‘Witch Hunt’ podcast on BBC Sounds – launches 31 October 2019

Having a wee look at social media and a colleague shared this: Scotland carried out 5x per capita witch trials in the early modern period than other European countries, it was also one of the most unequal countries where the poor had fewest rights, I would love to know if there is a linkhttps://t.co/vLriQG5xhO — …

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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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