Guest Post – Jessie Stephen: Suffrage Pioneer

Anabel Marsh, aka The Glasgow Gallivanter, graduated in History almost 40 years ago, but didn’t give it much further thought until she retired a few years ago. She now volunteers as a women’s history tour guide with both Glasgow Women’s Library and Maryhill Burgh Halls and is enjoying discovering all the wonderful women who weren’t…

5 New(ish) Historical Novels with Female Protagonists

I love reading. It’s a cliche but a novel really does let you escape somewhere else, even if it’s just for half an hour. Reading gives me a place to just focus on one thing, and I find that this has become especially important as I spend most of my time thinking and writing and trying…

Guest Post: Violet Mary Craig Roberton (1888-1954)

Hope you’re all having a good January so far, if not never fear, there are eleven more months to make it up. Today we are chuffed to present another lovely Guest Post, this time about a personal history rediscovered by an intrepid researcher, take it away Clare. Clare Thomson is a librarian in Special collections…

Period Chats: Dr Valerie Wright

For our Christmas Period Chats Special, we are delighted to present an uplifting and heartfelt interview with the amazing Dr Valerie Wright. Valerie is a huge supporter of what we do, she’s an academic, an advocate for women’s rights, and is an all-around excellent human being. We think she’s super cool, and so will you…

Period Chats : Jenny Landreth

  Last year we were lucky enough to talk to the wonderful Jenny Landreth at Arlington Swimming Baths as part of Book Week Scotland.  And drum roll please……..we can now share the recording from that night. Jenny, who is the author of Swell – A Waterbiography and The Guardian swimming blog, took us through the story…

Clouds Got In My Way

Guest Contributor: Heather Pearson lives in Edinburgh and writes stories, commentary and poetry, mainly around women’s experiences. She runs and curates the The Grantidote website which centres on women – their lives, their faces and places, their enormous impact on the world and their stories, as seen by those who live with them or remember them. In this…

We need YOU!

We need your help! As many of our readers know, we have become very, very busy recently and cannot always update the blog as frequently as we would like. We would, therefore, like to open our digital doors so to speak and invite contributions. So if you have a piece of research, an opinion, or…

Celebrating Scottish Women, a Paisley Workshop 

Yesterday was one of those days which leaves you glowing with contentment for hours afterwards. We were delighted to be asked to host a workshop at the Paisley Arts Centre for the Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme (TH.CARS2) by the chap running the scheme, Colin Begg. The aim of the TH.CARS2 scheme is to “improve historic…

‘Mon Paisley’s Wummin

On Friday we shall be holding a wee get-together to discuss how we should celebrate Paisley’s Women as part of Paisley 2021. If you haven’t heard of the 2021 bid the main aim is to make Paisley the UK City of Culture in 2021 and it is part of a wider push to use the town’s…

**SOLD OUT** MORE TICKETS!! HERstory Talk (Take Two)

Ok, we are DELIGHTED to announce that we have more tickets available for sale for our HERstory event on Nov 15th 2017. The Lord Provost of Glasgow, Eva Bolander, heard of our search for a venue and contacted the Trust personally to offer us space in the City Chambers! Absolutely amazing! We are so grateful for…

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…