Our Archivist, Dr Ruth Frendo, writes:- It’s fair to say that most of the records in our Archive relate to men. Given that, throughout most of history, women have had less access to education than men, the fact that, for centuries, men dominated the activities of producing, selling and acquiring books is hardly surprising. However, it’s important to remember that archives only ever hold partial truths: to some extent, archival research is always an act of joining the dots between fragments of evidence.
Some of the latest research into the complexity of women’s historical relationship with the printed word is being presented at a forthcoming one-day conference at the University of London’s Institute of English Studies. Women and the Book (26 October 2018, 9.30am - 6.45pm at Senate House) will explore aspects of women’s participation in reading, writing, commissioning and collecting books, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth-century. To find out more, and to book a place, visit: https://www.ies.sas.ac.uk/events/conferences/women-and-book