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…

Painted Ladies & Kellie Castle

As you may have noticed, we have been very quiet over the last couple of months. Really, this is due to our PhD’s and other heritage projects taking over our lives which we whole-heartedly apologise for.  To prove how busy we have been, over the next couple of months we will be presenting some of…

Making Faces – Anna Coleman Ladd

For the last few months I have been researching Scottish war memorial design. It’s not exactly what I had in mind when I started researching women and design. Yet here we are and I must say it is a fascinating topic. The first World War has many heartbreaking stories associated with it; loved-ones bodies not…

Barrowland Ballroom

I love the Barrowlands. I mean I really, really bloody love the Barrowlands. It is the one place in Glasgow that truly feels like home; a place where everyone is equal and all there for the same reason. The Barras’ is ingrained in Glasgow’s cultural being and there isn’t many people who would have a…

Women of the Necropolis

Honorary History Girl, Erin Walter, talks to Rachael about the female residents of Glasgow’s most famous graveyard.

St. Andrews in the Square, Glasgow

Weddings are a funny thing. Different ceremonies, cultures, traditions and of course, different venues. I’m in no way a lovie-dovie person (ask my husband) but one of the main reasons I love weddings so much is due to the fact I can see a historic building brought back to life. There is something truly beautiful…

Spring Lowdown: What to do now it isn’t so cold

Spring has well and truly sprung!  There are daffodils everywhere I look, and it has even been vaguely mild.  I have taken the serious step of putting away all my thickest winter jumpers and replaced them with my lighter knitwear.  Knitwear is still necessary, because I live in Scotland, and I’m a realist.  So, you’re…