Welcome to The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network.

See below for news of our latest events.

The Network was set up to encourage research and interest in women’s and gender history both among academics and the wider community.  We hold events, including an annual conference,  workshops, film showings and visits to archives throughout the  year in different venues  around the region.

Latest News….

West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network 28th Annual Conference

Gender and Commemoration,
Saturday 16th October 2021, 10.00 – 4.00 pm
Keynote Speaker Carrie de Silva,  Consultant / Independent Scholar, BFWG Scholarship Trust Chair, Sybil Campbell Collection Trustee

Carrie will discuss women celebrated in street names and the consequences of the persistence of cultural norms in public commemoration of women’s lives.

This event will be held on ZOOM free of charge for this year only. All very welcome to attend but booking is essential.  Please note that the AGM will be held at a future event in December. Further details to follow.

Programme   Booking Form

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West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network and Devon History Society: 

A Symposium on Women in the 1920s

Saturday 18 September 2021, 10.30 to 15.30
Keynote speaker Professor Maggie Andrews
The event will take place by Zoom and  is free of charge.

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West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network Blog

Our Blog is now live. Please visit it to read the latest entries. Contributions are very welcome if you have anything of interest to share with the network. See below for our Blogger feed,

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Bursaries to support research into Ethnic Minority Women’s History and Women’s and Gender History

The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network (WESWWHN) is offering bursaries of up to £500 to support the costs of research in Ethnic Minority Women’s History and  Women’s and Gender History.

More information

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Workshops and Study Days

We hold regular workshops including work in progress so do get in touch if you have anything you would like to share with our members.

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Paper delivered at the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network Annual Conference 3 October 2020, “Women and Transport: Historical Perspectives”

Lucienne Boyce  Cheap and easy railway traffic”: Suffragettes and the Railways

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Our spring newsletter is available  here.
Essential reading with plenty of events you can view or hear from the safety of you own home.

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Look for sites in your area commemorating historical women

Carrie de Silva has launched a women street names project and needs our help. Further details here.

In response the WE&SW WHN have decided to expand the scope of this research to include other commemorative sites with links to historical women, particularly those in our region. This could include buildings such as schools or statues (though not churches) or other places of interest. It is hoped this will enable further discussion about who has been commemorated, by whom and how, as well as a consideration of those not represented. We will also submit the street name entries to Carrie for her project.

So, if you are out on a safe, social distanced, walk for exercise, please keep an eye open for historical women and email the information (with photo if appropriate) to Kath Holden at katherineuna.holden@nullgmail.com. We will publicise the results in due course.

Our first contribution is the famous British Jamaican nurse Mary Seacole who is commemorated in streets, nursing homes and hospital wards  throughout Britain including Mary Seacole Court in St Werburghs, Bristol.

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The Votes for Women event at the MSHED was held on Sat 30th June 2018. Information about the exhibition and how you can borrow the banners for your institution can be accessed here

Pic: Dawn Dyer of Bristol Libraries with the Votes for Women 100 banners.
[Picture credit: Tim Browning]Credit