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….

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

Gender and Commemoration,
Saturday 16th October 2021, 10.00 – 16.30

Bristol: Friends Meeting House
Champion Square
St Pauls
Bristol
BS2 9DB

The event will take place by Zoom if restrictions on meetings are still in place

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Call for Expression of Interest

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 – 16.00 

Exeter: venue to be confirmed

The event will take place by Zoom if restrictions on meetings are still in place.

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Programme of events in Bristol for International Women’s day March 8th to 14th www.bristolwomensvoice.org.uk

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Grant to support research into Ethnic Minority Women’s History  – deadline extended

The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network (WESWWHN) is offering a grant of £500 to support the costs of research in Ethnic Minority Women’s History.   Deadline Feb 28th 2021 More information     Application form

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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