A handkerchief embroidered by suffrage campaigners imprisoned in Holloway Prison in 1912 is testimony to the women’s courage, resilience and inventiveness.
Gendered advertising is a very current issue, and it has a long history in medicine and pharmacy. Matthew Johnston explores some adverts playing on concepts of motherhood in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society museum collection.
Kathleen Raven was a major force in 20th century nursing. Her archive is held by Leeds University Library, and has recently been catalogued and partially digitised.
William Somerville (1771–1860) was a military surgeon and licentiate of the RCP, but his greatest contribution was as a supporter of and assistant to his wife, Mary.
As part of our season of posts about women’s history, today we welcome Holly Carter-Chappell, collections officer at the Florence Nightingale Museum, writing about nursing during the First World War.
As part of our season of posts about women’s history, today we welcome Peter Basham, curator at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, writing about the RCOG’s first woman president, Hilda Lloyd (1891–1982).
As part of our season of posts about women’s history, today we welcome Katherine McAlpine, writing about the first female commissioned officer in the Royal Navy, Attracta Rewcastle.
As part of our season of posts about women’s history, today we welcome Kate Jarman, archivist at Barts Health NHS Trust, writing about women medical pioneers at Bart’s Hospital in London.
The short life and remarkable achievements of Helen Prideaux shed life on how medical women established a place for themselves in Victorian Britain.