Heritage, Museums & Archives

Learn about women in WWII at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Park in the US. [Image: Panoramic view of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial, WikiCommons]

Learn about women in WWII at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Park in the US. [Image: Panoramic view of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial, WikiCommons]

Borthwick Institute for Archives has produced a research guide on Women’s History. The guide details specific collections they hold relating to women’s history and provides advice on how to find records. You can find out more about LGBTQ women in their Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History research guide.

British Museum: Women in Ancient Mesopotamia features information and relevant objects to the history of women in Mesopotamia.

East End Women’s Museum was founded after the opening of the Jack the Ripper Museum. It aims to develop and build a museum that recognises and represents the diverse histories of women of the East End of London.

Elles@Centre Pompidou was an exhibition held between May 2009 and May 2010 at the Pompidou Centre in Paris that profiled the work of over 200 women artists of the 20th Century. See their website for themes, portraits and audio/visual material from the exhibition.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Gallery is found at the UNISON Centre on Euston Road, at the site where Elizabeth Garrett Anderson founded the New Hospital for Women. The gallery utilises digital technology to bring Garrett Anderson’s history, the history of women and nursing, and working women’s history to visitors.

Feminist Archive North and South. The Feminist Archive has two sites in the UK; in Leeds and in Bristol.

Glasgow Women’s Library is an accredited museum (the only women’s history museum in the UK), a library and archive, which holds a range of collections including the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre.

Historic England: Women’s History is an inclusive heritage project that explores the history of women in England. Find out more about women’s many contributions to history and how they are commemorated in the built environment today. You can also find out about Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer (LGBTQ) history on Historic England’s LGBTQ Heritage Project, ‘Pride of Place’.

Jewish Women’s Archive is based in the US and records and documents histories of Jewish women. Their website includes detailed online collections and an Encyclopaedia that contains over 1700 biographies, 300 essays and 1400 images on diverse Jewish women throughout history.

Kvinnohistoriskt Museum is the Women’s History Museum of Sweden. Their website includes details of exhibitions and transcripts of gallery audio tours.

Lesbian Herstory Archives was founded in New York in the 1970s. Find out about their radical history and community archives and take a virtual tour on their website.

Museum of London: The Suffragettes provides details about the Museum of London’s collections relating to the suffrage movement.

National Archives for Black Women’s History (US) preserves the history and legacy of Mary McLeod Bethune and African-American women’s organisations in the US.

National Museum of Women in the Arts (US) hosts physical and related virtual exhibitions on women in the arts. See online exhibitions such as ‘A Global Icon: Mary in Context’ and ‘Organic Matters: Women to Watch’.

National Park Service (US) Women’s History. Learn about the history of women in the US and the National Park Service (NPS) project Telling the Whole Story, Women and the Making of the United States. You can find out more about LGBTQ history on the NPS LGBTQ Heritage Initiative website.

National Women’s History Museum (US) is an online museum. See their online exhibitions, including ‘Chinese American Women: A History of Resilience and Resistance’, ‘Entrepreneurial Women’ and ‘Claiming Their Citizenship: African American Women from 1624-2009’.

Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Guide to Sources for Women’s History details records and collections relating to women’s history in Northern Ireland.

Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historic Park in California, US, celebrates ‘Rosies’ of WWII and is home to the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.

The Feminist Library is based in London and hosts a large collection of records and literature relating to the Women’s Liberation Movement.

The First Actresses exhibition was held at the National Portrait Gallery in 2011/2012. The NPG website contains links and further explanation to several of the portraits displayed in the exhibition.

The National Archives (UK) holds many records relating to women’s history. You can see research guides for some of these collections, including the Women’s Land Army, Women in the British Army and the Women’s Royal Navy Service.

Women and Books: From the Sixteenth Century to the Suffragettes was an exhibition held at the University of Glasgow’s Hunterian Library in 1971, which has since been adapted as an online exhibition.

Women’s Library at the London School of Economics (LSE). The Library documents women’s lives and histories of the past 150 years.

Women’s Museum of Ireland is a virtual museum that also hosts temporary pop up exhibitions and events.

V&A Women Artists Study Guide includes a detailed bibliography about women artists in history and today. You can read about women’s history at the V&A on their blog.