The Gender History Cluster would like to extend our warmest congratulations to our own Jacqui Turner and the rest of the Astor 100 team – including cluster member Melanie Khuddro, and our wonderful students Rachel Newton, Abbie Tibbott, Molly Edwards and Bronwyn Jacobs – on winning a 2020 University of Reading Research Engagement and Impact Award. The Astor 100 project celebrated the centenary of the first woman MP to take her seat in Parliament, Nancy Astor. We enjoyed a year of memorable events, culminating in the unveiling of a statue of Nancy Astor in Plymouth last November. Jacqui used the centenary to highlight the importance of women in politics, demonstrating the value that historical research can have in ongoing activist efforts.
The main site for the Astor 100 project can be found here. You can find a range of short pieces about Astor and the project here. Visit the online exhibition, ‘An Unconventional MP’ on Twitter.
Our own Liz Barns won the highly competetive selection process and will deliver the Fairbrother Lecture 2018 on her doctoral research on sexual violence, slavery and abolition in the United States. Congratulations!
Liz will deliver the lecture 21 May, further details to be confirmed.
Professor Emily West and Elizabeth Barnes will be hosting the History of Women in the Americas Annual Conference at Reading in July 2019.
We are running three Undergraduate Research Opportunity Programme placements this summer: ‘Offences against the person? Tracing hidden LGB histories through Berkshire court records and archives‘, ‘An Unconventional MP’: The political career of Nancy Astor in 50 documents‘ and ‘Hidden Voices: A digital exhibition of enslaved women in the lowcountry USA‘. See also Rachel Newton’s amazing blog on her Astor research: https://unireadinghistory.com/2018/07/18/otd-18-07-28/.
Recent graduate Avneet Basra’s work on British attitudes and practices towards mental health in nineteenth century India has won the University prize for best non-western history dissertation and Amie Bailey won the Berkshire Local History Association prize for the best Berkshire dissertation for her work on sexuality and madness.