Women's History

Women's History

Women's immense contribution to society has often been made invisible by a historic lack of social status and confinement to the home. The social, political and architectural history imprinted in the buildings around us has, in previous centuries, largely been recorded as the story of man.

However, women's achievements and experience have left a deep impression on the historic environment. Once exposed, this can help to fill in the gaps left by previous generations' recording of history to reveal a host of fascinating and inspirational stories.

Visible in stone

The relationship between women and the built environment, 1850-1950.

Visible in Stone

Parks & Gardens

Find out how women gardeners and others have created new landscapes

Women Celebrated by Parks & Gardens

Listed Buildings

Explore the list descriptions of schools, housing and healthcare buildings associated with women

Buildings That Celebrate Working Women

Blue Plaques

The stories of well-known and less well known women of note, as found on Blue Plaques

Women Celebrated by Blue Plaques

English Heritage Properties

Our properties tell wonderful tales of women as owners, designers, servants and royalty

Lady Anne Clifford's Story at English Heritage Properties

Maritime Women

Seafaring heroines, torpedoes, nurses and wrecks: find out about the hidden history of women and the sea

Maritime Women