Building Scotland – Margaret Brodie

The Architect, Margaret Brodie, has much to be recognised for and it is only over the last ten years her achievements are being discussed in a similar manner to her male counterparts. Born in 1907 in Largs, she was one of three daughters of John and Jane Brodie. Her father was a civil engineer with…

Winnie Drinkwater: Action Hero

Winifred Joyce “Winnie” Drinkwater (11 April 1913 – 6 October 1996) from Cardonald was an exceptional Scot, and in my view, something of an action hero, as she was the first woman in the world to hold a commercial pilots license. Drinkwater joined the Scottish Flying Club near Renfrew in June 1930 when she was just 17, and amazingly she…

Period Chats: Jenny Knotts

Jenny is a playwright and PhD student from Glasgow. She is currently undertaking an AHRC funded Practice-as-Research PhD in the department of Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow titled Play/writing histories: Navigating the Personal, Public & Institutional stories of Theatre Space. An Architextual study of the Citizens Theatre. Previously she gained an MSc with…

The Possilpark Library Murals

The six murals for Possilpark library were designed and executed by Glasgow School of Art (GSA) students under the careful guidance of Professor Maurice Greiffenhagen (1862-1931) and Robert Anning Bell (1863-1933). Previously, Greiffenhagen had designed and painted seven panels for the Glasgow Department Store Pettigrew & Stephens which are now housed in the Hunterian Museum….

A ‘Dark, vivid type’ – Dorothy Carleton Smyth

Artist, designer, and teacher Dorothy Carleton Smyth was born in Glasgow in 1880. She began her studies at Manchester School of Art studying under Walter Crane, later continuing her training at Glasgow School of Art under Fra Newbury. During her time at GSA, Dorothy took a variety of classes including Drawing, Painting, and Stained Glass….

Opening Doors – Glasgow’s Influential Women

We’re excited to announce that booking is now live for Glasgow Doors Open Day Festival! There are several great speakers this year from a range of backgrounds and organisations. And this year we will be taking part! Exciting, we know! We’ll be discussing HERstory: Glasgow’s Influential Women, on the 15th September at 6pm at St. Andrews…

Pollokshields Business Women – Maude Webster

Maude Caroline Murdoch Cochrane (1883-1959) was born in Glasgow’s Southside in 1883. Little is known about her life before her marriage to the renowned Scottish stained glass artist, Alfred Alexander Webster (1883-1915)  including how the couple met. It is most likely that Maude and Alf may have known each other from the living in the…

Glasgow Belle: Swimming for Scotland

Let’s have a swatch at the extraordinary achievements of athlete Belle Moore, a woman we should definitely be making more noise about. Isabella Mary Moore, the eighth of nine children, was born on the 23rd October 1894 and died on the 7th of March 1975. Known as Belle Moore or by her married name Belle Cameron,…

The Gorbals Dressmaker

I’ve always been surrounded by raw materials (paper, wood, fabric, thread, buttons, glue and needles) but I’d never really thought about where I got my love of making things from until I started hanging out with my gran every Saturday, very much like we used to when I was wee. I’ve always been aware that…

The Strength of Female Networks

Last week we held an event (in conjunction with Glasgow School of Art & Tate Britain sub-group) run by an all female committee which focused on female networks in the creative industries and the strength which can be generated when we band together as researchers. Doing a PhD can be a very lonely experience and…

Summer Days – Feminist Research Methods

Although we have been organising our own Feminist Networks Study Day, last week we were lucky enough to attend the Scottish Graduate School of Arts & Humanities (SGSAH) Summer School. The Summer School allows attendees to pick and choose which classes or workshops they wish to attend. We obviously jumped at the chance to attend…

Female Networks Early Career Study Day – 29th June 2017

Listen up researchers – We have a great opportunity for Post-graduate and Early Career Researchers! Want to take part in an inter-disciplinary study day? Want to experience Academic Speed-dating for the first time? And meet some cool, like-minded people while doing it? We have the event for you! The History Girls, with a fantastic team…