Projects and Activities

WHS pursues a wide range of projects and activities to fulfill its aims. Of those listed, the four publications have already been completed, but others, such as the Mapping Memorials project and the suffrage learning resource are ongoing.


WHS and members of the Steering committee are open to requests for advice and suggestions to organisations and public bodies regarding gender balance in their published (and on-line) materials. For example, Learning and Teaching Scotland provided a grant for WHS to advise them on their web-based materials for the Scottish schools history curriculum.

As part of the Gude Cause centenary events of 2009, WHS members worked in collaboration with The Museum of Edinburgh to produce a series of biographical sketches of women involved in the suffrage movement at the time of the 1909 suffrage march in Edinburgh.


Members of Women’s History Scotland have published four books: The New Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women, The Documentary History of Women in 19th Century ScotlandThe Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women and Gender in Scottish History since 1700.

More information about these publications is available here.

Mapping Memorials to Women in Scotland

WHS, in a collaborative venture with Girlguiding Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library acquired Lottery funding to design a database to be used to record memorials to women from around Scotland.

WHS is collaborating with Glasgow Women’s Library on this project, the aim of which is to produce an online resource for people interested in researching women’s history in Scotland. More information about the project is available here, and on the Women of Scotland website.

Primary sources

A sub-group of WHS has begun work on compiling a list of primary sources for Scottish women’s history, starting with the documents listed in the ‘sources’ sections following each entry in The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women.


WHS wishes to encourage local authorities, schools and other organisations to produce (rural and urban) trails which feature women associated with their locality. A list of women featured in The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women has already been compiled which groups women according to the local authority area with which they are associated, and additional names are invited (contact