Nottingham has many claims to fame, but perhaps one of the less well known is that there is a long tradition of female political activism in the town, that long predates the more famous Suffragettes of the early twentieth century. Many of these women remain ‘hidden from history’ and their stories deserve to be more widely known.
The first part of the seminar will provide an overview of the mainly working-class women from the Nottingham area who were prominent in the protest, reform and radical movements from the 1790s through to the 1840s. In the second part, we will take some cases studies and look at some of the challenges and rewards of writing women’s and gender history. Key themes will include: rescuing women hidden in the archives; ‘reading between the lines’ of source material written by or about women; and using online digitized newspapers as sources.
Matthew Roberts is Associate Professor of Modern British History, Sheffield Hallam University. He works on radical politics and protest in 19th-century Britain.
Email Richard Gaunt if you have any enquiries.
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