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…

What on earth is Imbolc?

I’m so glad you asked. Imbolc, which falls on February 1st or 2nd is something I hadn’t really heard of until a couple of weeks ago and it turns out it’s pretty darn cool. It’s an ancient Gaelic festival which marks the beginning of spring and was celebrated by Scotland and Ireland way back in the…

The Winter Lowdown: January-March

It’s cold, I’m overweight, and my liver is screaming at me to stop drinking. This can only mean one thing… It’s January! I am in the very fortunate position that I LOVE my job, but my first Monday back in the office was not easy, the Christmas fog caused by gluttony and slothful behaviour had…

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…

Websters Theatre & Bistro

Nestled in the heart of Great Western Road sits a church. Many people walk past it, not noticing the hive of activity slowly breathing new life into the building. The building in question is Landsdowne Parish Church which was designed by Glaswegian architect John Honeyman in 1863, but now it has been lovingly transformed into the…

The Future of Holmwood House, a discussion day

  Hidden on the Southside of Glasgow is a spectacular sight. Holmwood House is a pure wee gem of a building which is under-visited, under-appreciated and often forgotten  by the everyday punter.  Rachael and I were lucky enough to be invited to an informal discussion day where we chatted about how the National Trust for Scotland…

Forward! GWL March & Exhibition Launch

On a humid Saturday in Glasgow, we were treated to the spectacular sight of Peace Crusaders dressed all in white, sashed and beribboned, on the Green.   We hadn’t accidentally gone back in time (thank god, we love having the vote and the internet too much), we had arrived at the meeting point for the…