Independent Researcher Award

Dr Ellen McArthur (1862-1927)

I’m delighted to say I’ve just been awarded an ‘Independent Researcher Award’ for the coming academic year 2021-22 for my research project ‘Outrageous Proceedings: Women At Cambridge 1882-1914’. I am one of four researchers to be given this award by the Women’s History Network, a national association and charity for the promotion of women’s history and the encouragement of everyone interested in women’s history.

This award provides funding for me to investigate the lives and work of seven pioneering female scholars, college heads, academic wives, townswomen and female students who settled in Cambridge during the late nineteenth century. It was a time when women were not made welcome by many in the traditional male university society here, but their own social networks and societies provided the support and encouragement for these seven women to go on to do some remarkable work.

Some of the women whose stories I plan to explore further are familiar from this blog, including Mary Paley Marshall and Kathleen Lyttelton. Others whose names are less familiar are the Girton scholar Ellen A. McArthur, who, in recognition of her academic publications, was the first Oxbridge woman to be awarded an honorary doctorate at Trinity College Dublin, and Dr Susila Bonnerjee who, after studying at Newnham in the 1890s, went back to India to establish medical education for women then returned to England to fight for women’s suffrage.

I am very grateful to the Women’s History Network for their generous support. More details on their website below:

22 thoughts on “Independent Researcher Award

  1. Dean Christophers says:

    Great news Ann! Congratulations! Let’s hope it won’t be too long before we can get back to the UL Tearoom. I miss seeing everyone. Neville

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  2. Mary Kathleen Fraser says:

    Andrew Wallis sent us this exciting news, Ann, and we are delighted and send many congratulations.

    Pre Covid I set about finding out more about Katheen Lyttelton (grandmother and namesake)- especialy her upbringing and ‘education’. Then Covid struck and I couldn’t explore her further – but will hope to do so.

    It’s really lovely that you are doing this and, like others, I love the title of your project!

    Best wishes from Kate Fraser

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    • akennedysmith says:

      Thank you so much Kate (I think we met when you came to Selwyn a couple of years ago?) I’m so pleased to hear you are looking into your grandmother and namesake’s early history. It would be good to compare notes with you at some stage! With best wishes, Ann


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