Commemorating the centenary of women’s formal admission to the University of Oxford
Professor of History and Project Lead
Professor Senia Paseta
Prof Senia Paseta is a political historian of modern Ireland and Britain, with a particular interest in the history of feminism, education, and political activism. She has worked on several aspects of women’s history, including the history of feminism, women’s suffrage and women’s education. Her current research is in the history of women and political activism in Britain and Ireland, and is currently writing on the centrality of the Irish Question to the women’s suffrage movement across the UK. She is the co-Director of the Oxford Martin School Programme on Women’s Equality and Inequality.
Dr Alexandra Hughes-Johnson
Alexandra is a historian of nineteenth and twentieth-century Britain with a particular interest in women and political activism.
She is the Project Manager for 'Education and Activism: Women at Oxford 1878-1920' and a Knowledge Exchange Research Fellow at the University of Oxford. Alexandra plays a central role in managing the production and delivery of this online resource and is responsible for creating, commissioning and editing content, technological aspects and maintaining relationships with the project's various stakeholders.
Librarian, Archivist and Head of Information Services for Somerville College
Dr Anne Manuel
Anne is Head of Information Services for Somerville College, Oxford and manages the library, archives, special collections and IT.
A Librarian by background, her recent project work has included the digitisation of two unique manuscript books from the Somerville collection and a collaboration with the University of Alabama to record and preserve the marginalia in the College’s John Stuart Mill collection. She has published on gender inequality in higher education and the use of Internet technologies in research and has edited a history of her college as seen through its buildings.
Archivist for St Hugh's College
Amanda Ingram qualified as an archivist in 2005 and is the archivist for St Hugh’s College and Pembroke College.
At St Hugh’s, she manages an archive which has two distinct collections. The first collection is a traditional College archive containing material such as minute books, student records, papers relating to staff, fellows and alumni, College publications, a photograph collection and a variety of administrative records. The second, unique, collection consists of patient records from the Second World War, when St Hugh’s was requisitioned as a Military Hospital for Head Injuries.
Archivist for Lady Margaret Hall and St Hilda's College
Oliver Mahony qualified as an archivist in 2005.
At Lady Margaret Hall, Oliver looks after a number of key collections, including the early letters of suffragist Dame Kathleen Courtney and first Principal ( and founder of St Hugh’s) Dame Elizabeth Wordsworth. There are also albums and pamphlets in the archive and Library discussing the awarding of degrees to women.
At St Hilda’s, Oliver manages a key collection of early women’s education booklets and minutes as well as a rich sound archive of student audio reminiscences from members.
Librarian and Archivist for St Anne's College
Clare is the College Librarian at St Anne’s, where she is also responsible for managing the archives and the College’s art collection. The archives include correspondence, press cuttings, photographs, printed reports and minute books relating to the history of the College and the College site. The papers of first Principal, Bertha Johnson, and Annie Rogers give a particular insight into the campaign for women’s degrees at Oxford, and include the working notes for Annie Rogers’ posthumously published book, Degrees by Degrees.
Assistant Archivist For Somerville College
Kate is the Assistant Archivist at Somerville College, where she helps to look after the archives and special collections.
The Somerville archives contain the administrative records of the college from its foundation, including committee minutes, registers, images and papers relating to the use of the site as a military hospital during the First World War. The college also has a number of special collections, among which are the papers of the Egyptologist Amelia Edwards and letters to the writer and feminist Vernon Lee.
Reader Services Librarian for St Anne's College
Duncan is Reader Services Librarian at St Anne's College where he has responsibility for reader communications and user education. He runs the Library blog and helps to look after the College's archives and programme of exhibitions.