Pioneering and Inspirational Women
This a selection of our features that fall under the subject heading 'Pioneering and Inspirational Women'. This is to give you a flavour of the rich and diverse collections that you can find on the Archives Hub.
- The Anna Eliza Bray archive at West Sussex Record Office: Exploring the newly catalogued papers of 19th Century author Anna Eliza Bray.
- Black Georgians: Phillis Wheatley: Sold as a child servant to an all-white family in 1761, she later became the first African-American woman to publish poetry.
- British Women's Emigration: Middle-class British women emigrating to the colonies.
- Cathlin du Sautoy and Hermione Blackwood: personal papers at the Royal College of Nursing Archives: Cathlin du Sautoy was deeply involved with nursing during and after the First World War, organising Red Cross units in the UK and in France. In France she met Lady Hermione Blackwood. They would become lifelong companions, settling in Hampstead with their two adopted French children after the war.
- Cold Comfort: Lady Jane Franklin's search for her husband's lost Arctic expedition.
- The Devonshire Family Collections at Chatsworth: The Devonshire Collection Archives held at Chatsworth span over 450 years. They document the lives, careers and estate management of the Cavendish family – one of the most important aristocratic families in English history - including the papers of Bess of Hardwick and Duchess Georgiana.
- Dirty Linen: Domestic science and women's education.
- Dorothy Hodgkin: Nobel Prize-winning chemist.
- The Dorset House Archive: Dorset House School of Occupational Therapy, the first School of Occupational Therapy in the UK, opened on New Year’s Day 1930. Dr Elizabeth Casson (1881-1954), the School’s founder, was working in a psychiatric hospital when she realised the therapeutic benefits enjoyed by patients who were presented with tasks and activities rather than mere convalescence.
- Engineering and innovation during the First World War: The Institution of Mechanical Engineers archives on how the war sparked a technological battle for the best weapons, infrastructure and defences, and what this meant for engineering and women workers.
- The Imogen Holst archive: papers of a passionate and open-minded woman musician: Imogen Holst (1907-1984) was the daughter of composer Gustav Holst, best-known for The Planets. Holst, herself a composer, is perhaps best-known today as Benjamin Britten’s musical assistant, but she also had an exceptional, wide-ranging but lesser known career as, amongst other things, educator, conductor and music traveller.
- Kaye Webb: The editor of Puffin Books.
- The Legacy of Ahmed Archive and the Courage and Inspiration of his Mother: In 1986 Ahmed Iqbal Ullah was murdered by a fellow pupil in the grounds of his high school in Manchester. Very quickly, Ahmed the boy disappeared behind the story of his tragic death. The story of his family and of his mother’s bravery and fortitude similarly became obscured.
- The London to Istanbul European Highway: Part of The National Motor Museum Trust Motoring Archive's Bradley Collection, including striking illustrations by Margaret Bradley.
- The Mary Hamilton Papers: Courtier, diarist and bluestocking.
- Pioneering women’s education at Bedford College: 170 years ago Bedford College was opened in central London, becoming the first higher education college for women of its kind in the country. It was the brainchild of Elizabeth Jesser Reid, who said it had been her dream since childhood to found a college for women.
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Archives: celebrating 75 years of female members: In the 19th century, there was huge prejudice against women as doctors and many were unable to study medicine in the UK. World War I gave women the opportunity to progress in medicine but after the end of the war, they were banned from studying medicine again until the 1930s.
- Somerville and Ross: Writers Edith Somerville (1858-1949) & Violet Martin (1862-1915), and composer Ethel Smyth (1858-1944).
- Swords into Ploughshares: The cataloguing of two peace organisations’ archives at LSE, the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom and the Fellowship of Reconciliation: London Union.
- Tessa Boffin Archive: A photographer who specialised in LGBT issues, including work in response to HIV/AIDS and to cross-dressing.
- “Those wonderful women in black” – the Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry: Established in 1971, the Women’s Campaign for Soviet Jewry was a pressure group set up to assist members of the Jewish community in the Soviet Union wishing to leave the country but denied permission.
- The Wallace Collection Archives: In 1897 Lady Wallace died and bequeathed the contents of her art-filled London residence to the nation.
- Women and Education - resources in the IOE Archive: Resources on Women and Education, from the Institute of Education Archive.
Equal suffrage demonstration in Lowestoft, Suffolk, 1914. NUWT Collection ref UWT/G/2/54. © Institute of Education Archives.