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Women in the Archives – Celebrating International Women’s Day 2023

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Thursday 9 March 2023

5pm - 6.30pm




Lecture Theatre, Tech Hub


History, Geography and Social Sciences

This event is part of Edge Hill University’s celebration events for International Women’s Day 2023. During this talk members of the Research Catalyst research group will discuss their findings from their project which included exploring over 1400 women’s experiences who studied at Edge Hill College from 1885-1909 and the importance of Edge Hill not just as an emerging provider and innovator of teacher training for women in the North of England but as a contributor to the schools and communities these women joined.

Importantly, this research extends beyond the institution to the life experiences of those who studied at Edge Hill College and what they contributed to their communities after they left. Given the social and political constraints upon women at this time we could perhaps be forgiven for thinking that this would not be a dramatic or impressive narrative. Yet, in some cases the women from Edge Hill worked long, hard hours to improve the lives of the children in their care and to mitigate the sometimes poor and deprived backgrounds from which those children came.

One such example, is Jessie Reid Crosbie, who studied at Edge Hill between 1895-1897, taught at a school in Everton for over 30 years and not only became an influential local figure in Liverpool but is credited with, amongst other innovations, the initial development of parent-teacher associations.

This research was funded by the Institute for Social Responsibility (ISR).

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Booking for this event is advised but not essential


5pmWelcome and refreshments
5.15pmTalk starts

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For more information about this event please contact Professor Alyson Brown