Karen Mailley-Watt has an MA Joint (Hons) and an MLitt in Decorative Arts & Design History from the University of Glasgow. Until October 2016 Karen was the Heritage & Outreach Officer for Glasgow City Heritage Trust (GCHT) and Head Organiser of the Gilded Age Project at GCHT. She can normally be found with Rachael hanging around historic sites, gothic graveyards or schmoozing at exhibitions. Or dog walking, she also likes to walk dogs.
About Karen’s PhD Research: Glasgow Girls Revisited is an interdisciplinary project that will encompass archival research; material culture analysis of extant artefacts and building decoration; and, as appropriate, experiential learning through replication of craft and artisanal practices. The proposed research will consider the broad communities of production of industrial design in Glasgow over the period 1888-1938, and investigate the place of women in these businesses as both designers and makers (and in some instances owners and managers).
Rachael Purse has an MA (hons) in History and an MSc in Museum Studies, both from the University of Glasgow. Rachael is a positive thinking and confident woman who is
passionate about the celebration and dissemination of heritage and history. Rachael will try her hand at anything, from repointing lime mortar to database creation, all done with a can-do attitude which she hopes would make Rosie the Riveter proud.Rachael was Co-Organiser of the Gilded Age Project alongside Karen at GCHT, the Glasgow’s Gilded Age 1864-1914 Project celebrates the architecture, art and design of the city in this period.
About Rachael’s PhD Research: In May 2016 Rachael was lucky enough to be successful in her application for The Glasgow School of Art (GSA)’Bringing Back the Mack’ PhD Scholarship, funded by the GSA and Historic Environment Scotland. Rachael will be recording and providing critical reflection on the restoration process, as well as the changing use of space within the building and contemporary conservation practices and ethics. It is a real privilege to be able to contribute to this vast project in real-time, working alongside such a skilled multi-disciplinary team.
The History Girls also sometimes make appearances on STV Glasgow’s Riverside Show and The People’s History Show, presenting segments on the more obscure aspects of Glasgow’s rich history.