British Workwoman magazine

Scope and Content

British Workwoman magazine 1863-1881

Administrative / Biographical History

A companion volume to the British Workman, the British Workwoman magazine was first produced in November  1863  and dedicated to Queen Victoria. The stated intention was that it should be devoted exclusively to the interests of the British Workwoman. This was accompanied by the statement that the education of women, constitutionally as well as intellectually, is really of more importance than the education of men, since the latter is always woman’s work. It followed the same style of format as its companion but as one press notice observed instead of being devoted to the improvement of the artisan, it aims to assist his wife and daughters in the struggle through life, and to encourage in exemplary deeds the whole female community. The illustrations, while vivid, are not of such good quality as The British Workman but the mix of improving stories and philanthropic articles is very similar. The publication continued until  1913 .


The arrangement of this material reflects the original order in which it was received

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Acquisition Information


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Item level list available via the resources section of   Heatherbank Museum of Social Work Web pages . Printed item level list also available.

Alternative Form Available

Individual copies are held at the British Library

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

Copies of the British Workwoman are oversize and in a fragile condition.

Conditions Governing Use

Applications for permission to quote should be sent to the Museum Curator, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work.

Reproduction subject to usual conditions: educational use & condition of documents.

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Related Material

Finding aids for the Subject-based Ephemera Collection and a Resources Library, which holds supporting material and published literature, may both contain associated information and can be consulted via Heatherbank Museum of Social Work Web pages A subject-based Newspaper Cuttings Collection is also available for consultation.

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