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Networking Event: British Library, 15 December 2017

Talks about the British Library's ongoing digitalisation projects.

Networking Event: Bishopsgate Library, London, 11 December 2015 

Networking Event: Lloyd's Building, London, 12 December 2014

Included a brief tour of the Lloyd's building.

Networking Event: Museum of Rural English Life, Reading, 7 December 2013

Included a guided tour of the museum.

Networking Event: British Museum, 14 December 2011

The Economic History Society's Women's Committee held a networking event, supported by the Economic History Society, at the Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum on 14 December 2011.

There was a tour around part of the Department of Coins and Medals organised by Dr Catherine Eagleton.

Report on Networking Event

Funding received from EHS: £450 allocated
Date: 14 December 2011
Location: British Museum

The networking event was held in the Department of Coins and Medals at the British Museum. Dr Catherine Eagleton, the curator of Modern Money, kindly handled the arrangements within the Museum itself. Numbers were restricted to 20 people, but we had a full turnout. The event attracted a mixture of established scholars and early career women. There was no formal structure to the event and people were free to meet up and discuss a variety of issues. We were also allowed to visit the adjoining galleries after the Museum had closed for the day.

Participants were asked to fill in a questionnaire relating to women’s careers in academic economic history. The majority of attendees were in history or arts departments, rather than economics. The main concerns were the lack of female professors in their departments; career progression, and the allocation of administrative jobs to women. 

There were requests for training courses. In particular, there was a need for training in publication strategy and time management. One person recommended the ‘Springboard Women’s Development Programme’, which is provided by a private company. Many participants felt that a mentoring scheme would be useful. There was a strong demand for networking opportunities. Attendees were in favour of more networking events, perhaps held at locations other than Southern England. One wondered if the Women’s Committee could establish a tradition of meeting up at the British Museum every December. This would depend upon the BM. However, it might be possible to find an alternative venue, such as the IHR. 

One person wanted History departments to be monitored for their willingness to help women’s careers, under a scheme similar to Athena SWAN for sciences. Another felt that there should be more podcasts (presumably from the EHS) featuring women. 

Around half of the attendees went regularly to the EHS conference. Some who had not were keen to attend future conferences. Many would be happy to attend an extra session (perhaps for training) within the conference schedule. Some would also agree to attend a session held either before or after the conference. There were concerns that there would be a clash with the Urban History Conference and also time and budget constraints. Asked whether men should be allowed to attend EHS WCom training sessions, the vote was evenly split. 

The session publicised the work of the society to non-members. It also provided ideas which will be presented to the Women’s Committee at the next EHS conference in April. 

Helen Julia Paul
University of Southampton

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