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Our next talk will be: ‘Feminism, lesbianism, and Parliament: the 1921 proposal to criminalise sex between women.’ 

Find out more from Caroline Derry of the Open University

Date: 29th November 

Time: 2. 30pm.

Please meet in the foyer at 2.15
Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD
Cost: £3 for Friends of the Women’s Library and £4 for non-members.
Cheques made payable to: The Friends of the Women’s Library and sent to

Susan Pares, 86 Crescent Lane, London SW4 9PL
All are welcome, but booking is required as space is limited.

It will be helpful to have an idea of numbers: replies may be sent to

Non-members are requested to supply an email address if possible in case there is a need for us to contact them.

Refreshments will be served.



Poster Girls  a century of Art and Design 

Now showing at the London Transport Museum

for more information click here  London  Transport Museum





Saturday 28 OCTOBER,14.15


We are delighted that the Society’s 2017 Kelmscott Lecture will be given by internationally renowned historian of feminism and radical social movements, Sheila Rowbotham.

Sheila will draw on her latest book ‘Rebel Crossings: New Women, Free Lovers and Radicals in Britain and the United States’, which relates the interweaving lives of four women and two men as they journey from the nineteenth to the twentieth century, from Britain to America, and from Old World conventions towards New World utopias.  The lecture will explore the influence of William Morris on the thinking and politics of these six radical pioneers.

Sheila Rowbotham is the author of the ground-breaking books Women, Resistance and Revolution; Woman’s Consciousness, Man’s World; and Hidden from History.   Her later works include Promise of a Dream: Remembering the Sixties; Dreamers of a New Day: Women Who Invented the Twentieth Century; and the biography Edward Carpenter: A Life of Liberty and Love, shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize and winner of the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Biography. An Honorary Fellow of Manchester University and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, she lives in Bristol.

Venue: William Morris Society, Kelmscott House
26 Upper Mall, Hammersmith  W6 9TA

For more information click William Morris


timthumbBritish Records Association Annual Conference 2017

 Shops and Shopping: a Nation of Record keepers

Date: 30 November

Time: 9.30 – 5.00pm


09.40 Registration and coffee

10.10 Welcome

10.20 ‘Elite Shopping in Georgian London: Geographies and Practices’.

Professor Jon Stobart, Manchester Metropolitan University, Co-editor of journal History of Retailing and Consumption

11.00 ‘Safe in the London Department Stores?: Preserving their History’

Discussion panel with archivists Andrea Tanner (Fortnum and Mason); Sebastian Wormell (Harrods); Judy Faraday (John Lewis); Jan Foster (Selfridges); Alison Kenny (Liberty’s at Westminster Archives)

11.45 ‘​The Most Dangerous Enemies to Shopkeepers in General: Researching the Hazards of 18th Century Shoplifting’

Shelley Tickell, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Hertfordshire.

12.20 ‘Gleaning from Fragments: Piecing Together the Story of High Street Shopping’

Alan Crosby, independent scholar and Editor, The Local Historian


14.10 ‘Researching Men and Shopping in Britain, c. 1880-1939

Professor Laura Ugolini, University of Wolverhampton and Director of CHORD (the Centre for the History of Retailing and Distribution)

14.50 ‘Retail Change on the Record: the John Sainsbury Journal and Self-Service Food Shopping’

Phil Lyon, Affiliate Professor, Department of Food and Nutrition, Umeå University, Sweden


15.50 ‘Crisis on the High Street: Salvaging the Archives of Britain’s Retail Leviathans’

Professor Peter Scott, Henley Business School, University of Reading

16.20 ‘Closing Stores: Archives at Risk’



There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion after each paper.

For more information click here British Records Association



Call for Papers: Women’s Suffrage and Political Activism

A conference to commemorate the Centenary of the 1918 Reform Act     

Saturday February 3rd 2018, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge  

Justice Demands the Vote 1909

For many British and Irish suffragists the vote was essential to obtaining justice for working women, peace and wider social reform. Yet in practice, working relationships between suffragists, peace activists and socialists were often troubled. This conference explores the ideas, strategies and controversies relating to the women’s movement in the years leading up to the 1918 Reform Act and its aftermath. We welcome contributions on individual suffragists and suffrage groups in Ireland, England, Scotland, and Wales. We invite abstracts on attitudes to women’s suffrage in the labour movement, women’s peace initiatives during the First World War, and initiatives in support of equal franchise and feminist reforms from 191828. Papers should demonstrate new research, and awareness of the complexity of the relationship between working-class women, suffragists, social reformers and the organised labour movement.

Please send panel proposals (up to 500 words) or individual paper abstracts (up to 250 words) by 30th October to Ph. D students should give their dissertation title, and the name and e-mail address of their supervisor.  The conference is held in collaboration the Labour History Research Unit at Anglia Ruskin University, and the University of Cambridge University Library.

 Confirmed Speakers include: Sheila Rowbotham, Jill Liddington and Elizabeth Crawford

Convenors: Prof Lucy Bland (, Dr Lucy Delap ( Ben Griffin (, Prof Mary Joannou (  


Millicent Fawcett’s statue

The Fawcett Society has announced the following

We’re proud to reveal Millicent’s statue design for Parliament Square.

Gillian Wearing’s inspirational design will see her in her prime, aged 50 in 1897, the year the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies was formed. The statue also commemorates 52 other suffragist campaigners whose images will be engraved on the plinth.

Now we need your help to make it a reality.

The planning application has been submitted, but there is still a risk that this won’t happen if planning permission is not granted. Please write in support, by clicking ‘Support’ and submitting a comment online via the link below. You can write you own comment, or copy and paste the following:

I’m proud to support planning permission for Millicent Fawcett’s statue in Parliament Square. I believe it will be a fitting monument commemorating Millicent and the many other women who fought for the right to vote.


Millicent Fawcett Statue



 Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

The EGA Gallery is open to the public and is free. The permanent exhibition focuses on the story of EGA and the entry of women into the medical profession in Britain, in its historical context, and contains other material relating to pioneering women social campaigners and medics. For further information about the EGA Gallery, you can go to the website of EGA for Women, the group which initiated the project. The website includes images of the exhibition space, opening hours and full address: