Online Members’ Socials!

We are excited to welcome all of our members to our monthly Online Members’ Socials!

Every month we’ll have a different discussion topic or focus. 

For this month’s social get-together on Thursday 26 May at 7pm-8.30pm Hilary White has kindly agreed to tell us more about William Lamb the sculptor and his studio in Montrose

We’re also looking forward to hearing what you’ve been up to since we last met.

We’ll be meeting on zoom as usual.

If you are a member we’ll be emailing you an eventbrite link to sign up (we want to ensure this is a safe environment for all) and we’ll send you the zoom link on the morning of the event. 

If you have any questions, queries or suggestions please get in touch with Valerie –

Find out more about how to join WHS here

Details of previous socials:

March 2021 – We all introduced ourselves and discussed what we’d been up to and what plans we have for the future in terms of women’s and gender history. We also discussed what sort of themes we were interested in discussing and what we collectively wanted from these socials.

April 2021 – Karen Shaw gave us a talk about her research on the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and women in the North East of Scotland. As predicted there were lots of questions and interest from the other members attending. We then had an enjoyable discussion about Historic Environment Scotland’s new ‘The Women of Scotland‘ online exhibition.

May 2021 – Esther Breitenbach and Caroline Lewis told us about their own research and experience in organising a conference on the theme of gender and empire for Women’s History Scotland. We had a great discussion of what the legacy of this conference has been and what lessons can be learned from their experience.

June 2021 – Ruth Boreham gave us an excellent presentation on her research into the 1911 census and how to find evidence of suffrage related protest. Ruth shared lots of interesting examples with us and was very generous with her expertise. We all had lots of questions!

August 2021 – We had a great time participating in a focus group for Esther Draycott’s doctoral research “Depth and surface: women’s style as memorial, resistance and reverie in late 1970s and early 1980s Glasgow”. We all enjoyed hearing about what everyone used to wear in the late 70s and early 80s – we even shared some photos.

September 2021 – Yvonne McFadden gave us a brilliant presentation on her project ‘The Lost Villages of Ayrshire’. There was lots of questions and discussion about the aims and objectives of the project as well as what Yvonne is finding in her research. We also discussed the methodologies employed in the project in terms of it being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund Scotland and Historic Environment Scotland, and being part of the Coalfield Communities Landscape Partnership (East Ayrshire Council).

October 2021 – Eleanor Peters’ gave us an excellent presentation about her PhD research on ”The Interpreter Between the Manufacturer and the Housewife’: Female Scottish Electricity Mediators 1919-1949.’ There were lots of questions for Eleanor about her research.

December 2021 – We had a catch up reflecting back on the year and thinking about how we want to use our socials in the new year.

January 2022 – We had some new members this month, so spent the time introducing ourselves and talking generally about our research and interests in women’s and gender history. It was great to hear what everyone is up to and how we can help each other with our research.