Resources used

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Articles and PDFs

Linda Clarke and Christine Wall, " 'A woman's place is where she wants to work': barriers to the entry and retention of women into the skilled building trades", Scottish Labour History, Volume 44, 2009.

'I don't do nice' Zaha Hadid on being a woman architect at

L.F.Pearson, 'The Architectural and Social History of Co-operative Living' in the Journal of Design History, 1990, 3: 74-77

Lynne Walker, 'Golden Age or False Dawn? Women Architects of the 20th Century'


English Heritage - National Monuments Record
- Aerofilms Collection
- Archival sources (new URL for NMR webpage)
- Red Box Collection
- F.W.Woolworth Photographic Collection
- Online: Blue Plaques; Heritage Gateway; Images of England; Viewfinder
- Download the guide to all the references of NMR images used in this section of the Women’s History web pages.

Trades Union Congress Library Collections, London Metropolitan University
- Construction industry
- Equal Pay
" Employment
- Garden Suburbs/Cities
- Gertrude Tuckwell Papers
- Homeworkers and Sweated Industries
- Housing
- Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust Archive
- National Federation of Women Workers
- Women's Co-operative Guild
- Women's Trade Union League
- Journals - 'The Shop Assistant'; 'The Cotton Factory Times'
- Photograph Collection - 'Employment'; 'Trade Unionists';' Women'
- Online: Winning Equal Pay - The Value of Women's Work; The Union Makes Us Strong - TUC History Online: Timeline/TUC Reports

The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University
- Autograph Letter Collection
- Biographical Cuttings
- Campaigning Organisations
- Employment Organisations
- NUWW Conference Papers
- Pamphlet Collection: Education; Housing; Women's Rights
- Personal Papers: Rosa May Billinghurst; Gertrude Leverkus
- Fawcett Library Scrapbooks and Press Cuttings
- National Federation of Women Workers
- Records of Oral History and Research Projects: Oral Evidence on the Suffragette and Suffragist Movements
- Records of The Women's Library, predecessor and associated bodies
- Journals: 'The Englishwoman's Journal'; 'The Sempstress'; 'Votes for Women'; 'The War Worker'; 'Woman's Own'; 'Women's Industrial News'

Further reading

Annmarie Adams, 'Architecture for Feminism? The Design of the Women's Library', Wolfville, NS, 2004

Carol Adams, 'Ordinary Lives A Hundred Years Ago', Virago, London, 1982

Alison Aldburgham, 'Shops and Shopping 1800-1914', George Allen & Unwin Ltd, London, 1964

Sheila Blackburn , 'A fair day's wage for a fair day's work? Sweated labour and the origins of minimum wage legislation in Britain', Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007

Sarah Boston , 'Women workers and the trade union movement', Lawrence & Wishart, London, 1987

Jennifer Clarke, (with photographs by Joanna Parkin), 'In Our Grandmothers' Footsteps' (A Virago Guide to London), Virago Books, 1984

Emily Cole (ed.), 'Lived in London: Blue Plaques and the Stories Behind Them', Yale University Press, US, 2009

Elizabeth Crawford, 'The Women's Suffrage Movement; A Reference Guide 1866-1928', UCL Press, London, 1999

Elizabeth Crawford, 'Enterprising Women: The Garretts and their Circle', Francis Boutle, London, 2002

Margaret Llewelyn Davies (ed.), 'Life As We Have Known It by Co-operative Working Women', Virago, London, 1977

Gillian Darley, 'Octavia Hill: A Life', Constable, London, 1990

 Elizabeth Darling & Lesley Whitworth (eds), 'Women and the Making of Built Space in England 1870-1950' Ashgate, Aldershot, 2007

Sally Festing, 'Gertrude Jekyll', Viking, London, 1991

'Festival of Britain Catalogue' Volume 1, HMSO, London, 1951

Margaret Forster, 'Significant Sisters: the Grassroots of Active Feminism 1839-1939', Penguin, Harmondsworth, 1984

Clara H. Greed, 'Women and Planning, Creating Gendered Realities', Routledge, London, 1994

Pam Hirsch, 'Barbara Leigh Smith: Feminist, Artist and Rebel' Pimlico, London, 1999

Brenda Martin and Penny Sparke (eds), 'Women's Places: Architecture and Design 1860-1960', Routledge, London, 2003

H. Mcg. Dunnett (ed.), Guide To The Exhibition Of Architecture Town-Planning And Building Research 1951 Festival Of Britain Poplar, HMSO, London, 1951

Kathryn Morrison, 'English Shops and Shopping: an Architectural History', Yale University Press, New Haven, CT, 2004

Janet Murray, 'Strong-Minded Women and Other Lost Voices from Nineteenth-Century England', Pantheon Books, New York, 1982

Florence Nightingale, 'Notes on Nursing', Dover Publications, New York, 1969

June Purvis, 'Hard Lessons: the Lives and Education of Working Class Women in Nineteenth Century England', Polity Press, Oxford, 1989

Erika Diane Rappaport, 'Shopping for Pleasure: Women in the Making of London's West End', Princeton University Press, 2001

Alison Ravetz, 'Council Housing and Culture: the History of a Social Experiment' Routledge, London, 2001

Maud Pember Reeves, 'Round About a Pound a Week', Virago, London, 1979

Barbara Stephen, 'Girton College 1869-1932', Cambridge University Press, 1933

Ray Strachey, 'The Cause: A Short History of the Women's Movement in Great Britain', Virago, London, 1978

John Tallis, 'Tallis's History and Description of the Crystal Palace and the Exhibition of the World's Industry', John Tallis & Co., London and New York, 1851

Rosemary Taylor, 'In Letters of Gold: The Story of Sylvia Pankhurst and the East London Federation of Suffragettes', Stepney Books, London, 1993

Margaret Birney Vickery, 'Buildings for Bluestockings: The Architecture and Social History of Women's  Colleges in Late Victorian England', Associated University Presses Inc., USA, 1999

Judith R.Walkowitz, 'City of Dreadful Delight', Virago, London, 1992

Robert Whelan, 'Octavia Hill's Letters to Fellow-Workers 1872-1911', Kyrle Books, London, 2005

Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative, 'Making Space: Women and the Man made Environment', Pluto Press, London & Sydney, 1984

Useful Addresses

National Monuments Record
English Heritage
The Engine House
Fire Fly Avenue
Swindon  SN2 2EH

Tel: 01793 414600
Fax: 01793 414606

Trades Union Congress Library Collections
Holloway Road Learning Centre
236-250, Holloway Road
London N7 6PP
Tel: 020 7133 2260
Fax: 020 7133 2529

The Women's Library
Old Castle Street
London E1 7NT
Tel: 020 7320 2222
Fax: 020 7320 2333
Email: moreinfo@thewomen'

Web Sites

Architects for Change (RIBA)

Access to Archives
This online database holds full catalogues from UK archive offices (over 10 million records).

AIM25 is a major project to provide electronic access to collection level descriptions of the archives of over one hundred higher education institutions, learned societies, cultural organisations and livery companies within the greater London area. This work is in progress - new data is being added regularly, so please visit often to see latest additions.

Archives Hub
This database holds collection descriptions (and some full catalogues) from archives held by UK universities, colleges and specialist bodies.

Black Country Living Museum

Camphill Village Trust

This union catalogue gives free access to the merged online catalogues of major university and national libraries in the UK.

Hosted by The Women's Library, this database holds descriptions of women's history collections from libraries, archives and museums from around the British Isles. There are also web pages that help researchers identify sources that may be of help, including digitised collections and email discussion lists.

Houses of Parliament: Women's Suffrage site
A history of women's campaign for the vote

Lady Waterford Hall

This is a unified online resource guide to printed special collections in libraries in Higher Education institutions within the M25 Consortium. It has summary descriptions of individual printed collections.

National Register of Archives (NRA)
The NRA provides an online database that indexes manuscripts and archives, predominately within the UK. The indices are searchable by person, family, organisation and place. Details of newly acquired archives are sent on an annual basis, which makes this the most complete tool for locating archives in the UK.

North London Collegiate School for Girls
Archive sections

Florence Nightingale Museum

PCS - Public and Commercial Services Union

Ragged School Museum

Sites of Memory
English Heritage web pages covering the slave trade and plantation wealth, black lives in England and abolitionists

The Serials Union Catalogue is a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK. It provides information on the serials data of over 70 libraries, and is the single most comprehensive source of UK serials holdings information.


24 hour museum
This online resource contains details about museums across the UK. This site maintains contact details, opening times, and an overview of collections held by individual museums. Up to date information of exhibitions and events are also easily searchable on this site. 

The Women's Library

Trades Union Congress Library Collection

UK Web Archiving Consortium
This is a pilot project to archive websites within the UK domain. The Women's Library contributes to this project by selecting websites about women for the Women's Issues Collection.

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers

Unite the Union

Women's Pioneer Housing

Women's Web Archiving Collection at the British Library

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