One or two library lectures are held each year
Please see the Events page for further information

Some previous lectures are listed below


Gillian Darley BA MSc
Octavia Hill and Opportunities for Women


Dr Sandy Lerner
Pen and Parsimony: Carriages in the novels of Jane Austen


Professor Roberta Gilchrist
Medieval Women and the Care of the Family: the Archaeology of Life, Death and Magic


Professor June Purvis
Emmeline Pankhurst (1858-1928, leader of the suffragette movement in Edwardian Britain)


Professor Ruth Watts
Whose knowledge? Historical explorations of women in science and education


Professor Joyce Goodman
Girton, Newnham and Empire
Lecture read by Dr Stephanie Spencer


Dr Rosalind Field
Caroline Spurgeon: a Life in Literature

Professor Penelope Corfield
Understanding and Misunderstanding the History of Women
From “Did they have any?” to “Has there been too much of it?”



Professor Cora Kaplan
Jane Austen and the Murder Room or Christina Rossetti Possessed
Contemporary Women’s Fiction and the Nineteenth Century Women Writer

Nicola Beauman
New DNB: New Women.


Professor Sybil Oldfield
The Forgotten Heroine, Mrs Nassau-Senior (1828-1877).

Sarah Tyacke, Keeper of Public Records
Oh Lord! The Queen is a Woman: Women in Cultural Life.


Dr Janet Browne  
Darwin and his Women Friends

Dr Pauline Graham  
Mary Parker Follett (1868-1933)  Prophet of Management


Professor Isobel Grundy, University of Alberta
Development and Contents of the Chawton House Library

Jane Lewty, Glasgow University, BFWG Award Holder
The Influence of Broadcasting on Literature


Dr Anne Curry, University of Reading
Christine de Pisan (c.1363-1431) and the Female Experience of War in the Later Middle Ages

Dr Lesley Hall, the Wellcome Institute
British Women and Sex from Marie Stopes to the Hite Report


Professor Olwen Hufton, Merton College, Oxford
The Prospect before her: Women in Europe 1500 - 1800


Dr Cornelia Cook, Queen Mary Westfield College, London
Virginia Woolf and History


Professor Caroline Barron, Royal Holloway College, London
Women in Medieval London


Dr Kim Reynolds, editor at the Dictionary of National Biography
Women and the New D.N.B.

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