20th century, Arts

Silent Witnesses: The Art of Frauke Eigen and Jenny Stolzenberg

 by Hannah Lee Walk into the Imperial War Museum’s current exhibition on women war artists and you are greeted by the determined face of Ruby Loftus engaged in the expert task of screwing a breech ring. The portrait was painted in 1943, in the gun factory where she worked, by the war artist Laura Knight.… Continue reading Silent Witnesses: The Art of Frauke Eigen and Jenny Stolzenberg

20th century, Humanities

A Forgotten Contribution: Women and the Home Guard

by Andrew Seaton,  The Home Guard, set up in May 1940, was a voluntary defence force in the Second World War tasked with being the first bulwark against an invading German army. In a broadcast on the 14th May, Anthony Eden, the government figure who initiated the Home Guard - Or the ‘Local Defence Volunteers’… Continue reading A Forgotten Contribution: Women and the Home Guard

20th century, Humanities

Appraising and Reappraising the Aviator Hanna Reitsch

By James Maclaine In her autobiography Fliegen, mein Leben Hanna Reitsch wrote that, 'at great altitudes the airman feels close to God.' With these words she captured the privilege that is the pilot's and the otherness that has caused those exemplary in the world of aviation to be lauded and recorded. Although traditionally a male… Continue reading Appraising and Reappraising the Aviator Hanna Reitsch

20th century, Science

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and the Crystallography Quest

By Navaratnarajah Kuganathan With a career spanning six decades British chemist Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin had a huge impact in the world of science and beyond. Her determination by X-ray techniques of the structures of important biochemical substances won her the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and earned her a place in history as one of the… Continue reading Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin and the Crystallography Quest

20th century, Science

Lise Meitner : The Nucleus of Fission

By Nicola Davies 'In terms of 19th century stereotypes or rhetorical idealizations, a woman scientist was a contradiction in terms... Women scientists were thus caught between two almost mutually exclusive stereotypes: as scientists, they were atypical women; as women they were unusual scientists.' Lise Meitner's name is to many an unfamiliar one, occasionally found somewhere… Continue reading Lise Meitner : The Nucleus of Fission