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LSE Library new online archives catalogue 
Our new online archives catalogue is now available at It includes the catalogue for The Women’s Library archives and museum collections, alongside all our other archives collections. Researchers can choose to focus their search on The Women’s Library collections using the ‘Discrete Collections’ filter in Advanced Search, or to search across the collections in their entirety.
It also features:
·       a streamlined search interface, developed in line with user feedback
·       new guidance on searching the catalogue
·       updated ‘about the catalogue’ information, to make it clearer what the catalogue does and       it doesn’t cover 

Thank you to those Friends who took part in focus groups and user testing as part of the enhancement project.

The Sacred Year 1919: women and the professions
LSE Library’s summer exhibition marks the centenary of the Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act when women could enter most professions for the first time. Women in law, women in the civil service, in the Church, in the media and the creative arts are considered. The moving images on the screen tell the story of the Junior Council of the London Society of Women’s Service, chaired by Ethel Watts (first woman to be appointed a chartered accountant). Vera Douie and the Women’s Service Library also feature. The exhibition is on until 8 September. More information is here:

There are also some interesting lunchtime talks and legal walking tour coming up in July. More information is here:


A Modernist Revue, June 21, King’s College Chapel

Join us in the glorious 19th century Chapel of King’s College London for an evening of music, dance and poetry. This ‘Modernist Revue’ will include a set from Amit Chaudhuri, the premiere of live artist Deborah Pearson’s rendition of Hope Mirrlees’s 1919 ‘Paris: A Poem’, music from Elena Langer’s suffragette opera, Rhondda Rips it Up! performed by Stacey Wheeler and Kate Woolveridge, a response to the Ballets Russes performed by Isabella McGuire Mayes and music by Germaine Tailleferre and Claude Debussy performed by Lana Bode of the Virginia Woolf & Music project. The evening will be compèred by BBC Radio 4′s own Zeb Soanes

Click here to see more <>The Revue will be followed by a drinks reception generously funded by the Department of English, King’s College London.
Organised by Clara Jones (KCL), Natasha Periyan (Kent) and Anna Snaith (KCL)

The event will start at 6:30 pm finishing at 8:00 pm.

Click here to book a ticket


What’s On? Special events hosted by the Institute of Historical Research Spring 2019









New Approaches to Writing History

6.30pm, Thursday 9 May 2019. Panel discussion followed by a reception, at Birkbeck, University of London. Join Costa Book winner Professor Bart Van Es (Oxford) and historian Professor Sarah Knott (Indiana) as they discuss recent innovations in historical writing. How does literary form shape our understanding of the past? Conversation will be led by Professor Barbara Taylor (QMUL).

Hosted with the Raphael Samuel History Centre

For more details and to register now:


How did Feudalism Work? The 2019

 Hobsbawm Memorial Lecture

6pm, Tuesday 14 May 2019. Lecture by Professor Chris Wickham FBA (Oxford)

 Eric Hobsbawm wasn’t very interested in medieval history, but he did edit and comment on Marx’s own thoughts on how ‘feudal’ economies worked. How do these reflections stand up today? With a new understanding of medieval economic logic, Chris Wickham will discuss how the dynamic of feudalism operated in Europe.

Hosted with Birkbeck’s Department of History, Classics and Archaeology, at Birkbeck, University of London

For more details and to register now:

Time Come: Britain’s black futures past









The 2019 IHR Historical Research Lecture (sponsored by Wiley)

 6.30pm, Thursday 6 June 2019. Lecture & discussion at Queen Mary, University of London.Dr Rob Waters (Birmingham), with Dr Kennetta Hammond Perry (De Montfort University)

Rob Waters, author of Thinking Black: Britain, 1964–1985 (University of California Press, 2018), explores the demand to ‘think black’ as an effort to carve out new historical subjects for black politics in late-twentieth-century postcolonial Britain. Rob will be joined in conversation by Kennetta Hammond Perry (Director of the Stephen Lawrence Research Centre, De Montfort University)

For more details and to register now:

Public History Now!







5-7pm, Friday 31 May 2019. Public history showcase at the London Metropolitan Archives.

Layers of London hosts ‘Public History Now!’—an evening of inspiring projects and individuals working in the field of public history. Practitioners will give short talks showcasing the breadth of activity currently taking place in the field, follow by a guest discussion and responses from participants.

Booking will begin at the end of April via For more information contact:








Save the date!  IHR@Manchester

12pm -7.30pm, Tuesday 25 June 2019. Workshop and lecture at the John Ryland Library, University of Manchester.  The IHR and the John Rylands Research Institute at the University of Manchester will host a one-day programme of events for Early Career Researchers and History Librarians across the North-West. Sessions will include publishing for historians, History collections management, and research networking.

Further details available soon via

Saturday 11th May

Time and Tide Walking Tour: A Feminist and Literary History

Time and Tide, the weekly review founded in May 1920 by Lady Margaret Rhondda and other women associated with the women’s suffrage movement, is recognised as one of the richest archives for examining British feminism ‘after suffrage’. It is also a rich archive for exploring the history of women’s writing in the interwar period. Catherine Clay, author of Time and Tide: The Feminist and Cultural Politics of a Modern Magazine(Edinburgh University Press, 2018), will be leading this guided walk on the feminist and literary history of this important magazine. Starting at the site of its first offices on Fleet Street we will follow Time and Tide’s move to Bloomsbury, taking in some key landmarks in the magazine’s history including the residences of some of its associated feminist and literary figures. 

Start Time and Place: We will meet at 3pm for a prompt start at 3.15pm at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street, London.
Approximate Finish Time: (on Lamb’s Conduit Street): 5pm. (Closest tube stations: Russell Square and Holborn.)

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

Free to LSE staff and students

All are welcome, but booking is required as space is limited to 30 people. 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

St Bride’s is popularly known as ‘the Journalists’ Church’. You might like to take a tour of the church beforehand (free entry).
The closest tube stations are St Paul’s (Central Line) and Blackfriars (District & Circle). First Capital Direct services run into City Thameslink. Other train operators run services to Blackfriars. Bus services 4, 11, 15, 23, 76 all stop on Fleet Street opposite the church.


A Working Woman: The Remarkable Life of Ray Strachey offers the first full account of this major figure in the Women’s Movement. Challenging earlier interpretations and based on extensive research, it brings to life – often in Ray Strachey’s own lively and forthright comments – the campaigns for female suffrage and for women’s employment. Interweaving Ray’s public roles with her challenging private life on the fringes of the Bloomsbury set, it features a host of well-known personalities, and introduces a new generation of readers to a fascinating though neglected fighter for women’s rights.

Jennifer Holmes book can be purchased from

using the introductory discount code RAY2019 (valid until 30 April) for a 20% discount on the £20 cover price.

Lady Frances front cover copy

– first and definitive biography – a missing key piece in the women’s suffrage jigsaw -
Lady Frances(Deputy Leader of the NUWSS and president of The London Society)
will appeal to readers who want to know more about
this well-connected, astute political adviser and powerful speaker, veiled in modesty to this day.
£5 for hardback edition; NEW; (RRP: £19.99)
Email Irene Cockroft to order your copy while stock lasts at:
Pay and collect at specified Friends of TWL@LSE events as advertised
(cash or cheque made out to Friends of The Women’s Library only please)
If you would like a book dispatched to a UK address, please state address clearly, add £4.50 Post & Packing expense to £5 discounted book price, and mail cheque made out to V. I. Cockroft to
V. Irene Cockroft
New Dawn Books
10 Madrid Rd

Escaping the Doll’s House: Women, the Arts, War and Work 1910-1920

To mark the launch of the new exhibition at the Women’s Library ‘The Sacred Year 1919: women and the professions’ and the new production at the Finborough Theatre, London, of St John Ervine’s 1913 suffrage-inspired drama Jane Clegg(23 April – 18 May), this 1-day series of talks and discussions is being held at the Women’s Library, London School of Economics, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD on Friday 17 May 10.30 -3.00. 
It’s organised jointly by the Women’s Library and the Centre for Everyday Lives in War at the University of Hertfordshire.
The event is free and open to all but booking is required for catering purposes. Further details of speakers and talks can be found on the Centre’s website.

There will also be a chance to view the new exhibition.


Jane Clegg by St John Irvine

For more information click here

Please see below the  Friends of the Women’s Library afternoon talks programme 

Suffrage and Beyond: the afternoon talks programme of the Friends of The Women’s Library at LSE, Autumn 2018 – Spring 2019

  • 17 October 2018, David Doughan, ‘Women’s clubs in Britain 1850-1950’.
  • 14 November 2018, Helen Langley, archivist and historian, ‘A narrative from the archives: the life of journalist and broadcaster Honor Balfour (1912-2001)’.
  • 16 January 2019, Dr Sharon Thompson Senior Lecturer in Law, Cardiff University: ‘Edith Summerskill and the Married Women’s Association: Backstage Revolutionaries of Family Law’. 
  • 13 February 2019, Helen Kay, Edinburgh, ‘Chrystal Macmillan: Woman Suffrage and Beyond’. 
  • 13 March 2019, Dr Jane Grant, ‘A passionate partnership: the life and work of Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence (Work in Progress)’

 Venue: Room 01 on the lower ground floor of LSE Library, 10 Portugal Street London WC2A 2HD

Time: 2. 30pm.

Please meet in the foyer at 2.15

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

Free to LSE staff and students

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.

Information on all LSE’s programmes for the suffrage centenary can be found from now and throughout next year by clicking on this link suffrage18  

Update on the Feminist Library

The Library is now closed to visitors as it prepares for the move, which is expected to take place in Spring 2019. The Feminist Library reached its initial Crowdfunder target of £30,000 thanks to the community’s generous support. The team at Crowdfunder invited the Feminist Library to keep the crowdfunding campaign open to help fully fund the move. There is still an estimated £13,000 to raise for the cost of the move. If you would like to donate you can do so here.

To find out more about the Feminist Library

Women’s Legal Landmarks – In Conversation: Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002

Date: 13th February 2019

Time: 6.00 – 7.00

Location: Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, Charles Clore House,17 Russell Square,Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5DR

In the centenary year of women’s formal admission to the legal profession, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies will host a series of talks exploring legal landmarks for women.

Anne Morris and Sue Atkins will discuss the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates) Act 2002. Both speakers were participants in the groundbreaking Women’s Legal Landmarks Project led by Erika Rackley and Rosemary Auchmuty.

Women’s Legal Landmarks: Celebrating the History of Women and Law in the UK, published by Hart Publishing, Bloomsbury is out now. Follow us on Twitter @wlegallandmarks.

To find out moreclick here

‘Commemorating SuffraGISTS’

Jill Liddington writes:

I saw the ‘Walking Watling Street’ dance performance in Kendal last year and it really is excellent. It tells the story of the NUWSS 1913 Suffrage Pilgrimage down the Watling Street route, from Carlisle, the Lakes & Manchester down to London.  Having been turned down for funding, Jenny Reeves has creatively started a kickstarter page to fund it for another Lakes performance this September.I wonder if other TWL Friends would like to contribute? In the wake of Jane Robinson’s book on the Pilgrimage, plus the Fawcett statue in Parliament Square, it seems a good moment to celebrate the suffragist pilgrims in dance.
Here is the link to the website:


A stone’s throw from Westminster; Suffragettes & other feminists in Camden
For information contact Irene Cockroft or Susan Croft at SuffrageArts
c/- Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre
2nd floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road,

London WC1X 8PA,   T: 020 7974 6342,

Call for Volunteers

Women’s Pioneer Housing are excited to announce that we have received funding from the Heritage Lottery fund to research our history. We would really like your help, so this is a call for volunteers.

Our project is called Pioneering Courage: housing and the new working woman 1919 – 1939 It aims to explore the link between the campaign for women’s suffrage, housing and women’s emerging role in the workplace between the wars.

We are studying an era of great drama – 8 million women two years earlier had finally been given the right to vote. But still millions of women, including many who had nursed wounded dying soldiers or served in the new women’s military units, had not and so the fight for full women’s suffrage continued. Suffrage groups were setting new goals. There was a dire housing shortage, with couples and men snapping up any half decent empty flats. Many more women wanted to work and to live independently than ever before and many more women had no choice as so many men had died in the Great War. This meant that women’s work and housing were on their agenda. And our founders were at the heart of this.
Our founding mothers were a diverse group of women, including both suffragists (non-confrontational) and suffragettes (with a “deeds not words” approach). It was previously thought that these two groups seldom worked together, but our founding history dismantles that myth.
Lots of our history is documented in old archive material found in our safe so part of what we’ll be doing will be studying that, concentrating on the years up to World War Two. We would like your help to carry out this research and to find out more generally about the lives of women before World War Two. We often read about the rich and famous – but what about women who were neither, and whose lives were probably not quite as glamorous? What do you remember about the lives of your older women friends, relatives and neighbours?
We will also be researching the women who lived in our homes at the time. Who were they?  How was each house divided and what services did the early tenants have? And perhaps most importantly, what difference did having affordable housing make to their lives?
We’re bursting with ideas for ways volunteers could be involved in our project and suspect you might have some even better ones.

If you’d like to know more, call 020 8749 7112 or email


First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire

The Sex Disqualification (Removal) Act 1919 heralded women’s long-awaited entry to the legal profession.  What do we actually know about that journey?  How much of that struggle has been recorded?  Where is it recorded?  The ‘First Women Lawyers in Great Britain and the Empire’ Symposia seek to unite academics and researchers in this area

and explore the journey of those first women lawyers.



Poster Girls  a century of Art and Design 

Now showing at the London Transport Museum

for more information click here  London  Transport Museum

     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:


A stone’s throw from Westminster; Suffragettes & other feminists in Camden
For information contact Irene Cockroft or Susan Croft at SuffrageArts
c/- Camden Local Studies & Archives Centre
2nd floor, Holborn Library, 32-38 Theobalds Road,

London WC1X 8PA,   T: 020 7974 6342,