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….
27th Annual Conference Women and Transport: Historical Perspectives Saturday 3rd October 2020, 10am – 4pm

Keynote Lecture: Dr Susan Major will speak on working class women on railway excursions in the early Victorian period

Further details and booking here

This event will be held by Zoom    (we will send full instructions to everyone booking for the conference).


Grant of £500 for Research into Ethnic Minority Women’s History

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.    More information     Application form

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


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.


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