Professor Rebecca Sweetman (BSA Director) The Work of the BSA in 2022 and Professor Katherine Harloe (ICS Director) The Beyond Notability Project: Re-evaluating Women’s Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries
Abstract: Beyond Notability (beyondnotability.org) is a three-year AHRC-funded collaboration between the Institute of Classical Studies, the University of Southampton and the Society of Antiquaries of London that is transforming understandings of women’s work in archaeology, history and heritage in Britain between the 1870s and 1950. Although academic research and citizen-science initiatives have enabled figures like Jane Harrison, Amelia Edwards and Gertrude Bell to enter the popular imagination, women’s contributions to British intellectual and cultural life remain underappreciated. Political disenfranchisement, gendered social roles, and economic dependency left women in informal, ancillary positions in museums and other cultural institutions. Their work was often overlooked by contemporaries, and married names and non-professional status make their activities and networks difficult to reconstruct.
Archives can unlock the history of women’s work and provide a fuller and more inclusive understanding of the past. Yet many of them are uncatalogued and hard to access.
Beyond Notability brings together expertise in archaeology, classics, intellectual and social history, and digital humanities to enlarge our view of women’s archaeology, history, and heritage work in late 19th and early 20th century Britain. It looks beyond ‘pioneering’ or ‘notable’ individuals to illuminate neglected female artists, donors, lecturers, exhibitors, writers and more. It follows their stories through national, local and regional archives to recover their forgotten intellectual and cultural contributions.
As the project approaches its mid-point, Katherine Harloe will discuss its aims, methods and, progress, and some emerging connections with the BSA.
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Monday 20 February 2023, 7pm (UK) / 9pm (Greece)
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