Category Archives: Women in archaeology

Raising Horizons: celebrating trowelblazing women

Our friends at Trowelblazers are working on an amazing project to celebrate women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology in the past and present.  Raising Horizons, created in partnership with photographer Leonora Sanders, will be a multimedia exhibition which pairs a modern woman with a historic counterpart.

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Raising Horizons logo featuring modern women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology.

We are delighted that Jacquetta Hawkes is one of the trowelblazers.  Her partner is Dr Colleen Morgan of the University of York.  They have in common their “explorations of archaeology, its practice and meanings across many different channels, from academic articles to artistic endeavours”.  Find out more about both of them and the other trowelblazing partners in this blog post and this Guardian article about the project.

Help support Raising Horizons through the crowdfunding site Indiegogo.


Jacquetta updates!

Coming along to our fantastic free event exploring Jacquetta’s Mount Carmel experience on 18 March?  All welcome and there is still room!  Register and find out more here.

Yesterday Dr Christine Finn was interviewed on BBC Radio Jersey: she discussed Jacquetta’s Jersey archae0logy and some exciting news about her authorised biography – you can listen to the interview on the iplayer (up till 10 April).  Christine’s piece is about an hour into the broadcast.

The Return of Lazy Susan

The rich visual and creative imagination of Jacquetta Hawkes continues to inspire artists: working with them is one of the delights of managing her Archive.  In 2014, Kate Morrell created the exhibition Pots Before Words for Gallery II at the University of Bradford.  She drew on the ideas and formats to be found in the collection to develop fascinating new artworks, including this sculpture and “portable toolkit”, Lazy Susan.

Lazy Susan

In March 2015, we will be delighted to welcome Kate and Lazy Susan back to Bradford.  Kate is extending and reflecting on the original project by filming female archaeologists and archivists (using Lazy Susan) to discuss and explore artefacts from their profession.  I will be one of the interviewees!

Woman in Time

Woman in Time

Waterstones Bradford, 18 March 2015, 7-8 pm


Join Tori Herridge and me (Alison Cullingford) for Woman in Time, an exploration of humanity from its earliest days through to the turbulent middle years of the 20th Century.  We use poetry and spoken word performance to tell stories of three women. One of these women died, one went on to great things, and one disappeared.  Their lives intersected on one day 80 years ago …

Part of British Science Week.  Find out more on their website and register via eventbrite here.

Three Women in Time: poetry and science in March 2015

In March 2015, an event in Bradford will explore the stories of humanity from its earliest days through to the turbulent middle years of the 20th Century, using poetry and spoken word performance to tell stories of three women whose paths met on Mount Carmel in 1932. One of these women died, one went on to great things, and one disappeared.   Jacquetta Hawkes was the second of the three … here’s a glimpse of her take on the experience.

HAW18_3_26_44 Jacquetta Hawkes and Dorothy Garrod with donkeys

Jacquetta Hawkes and Dorothy Garrod with donkeys

We’re thrilled to share the news that Special Collections at the University of Bradford and Trowelblazers have been awarded a grant by the British Science Association for this event, Woman in Time.  Watch this space for more details!

Awesome Trowel-wielding Women!

Check out a great new blog: TROWELBLAZERS: “Awesome trowel-wielding women: WE SALUTE YOU!  archaeology | palaeontology | geology”.

Mary Anning, from wikimedia commons via trowelblazers tumblr.

Mary Anning, from wikimedia commons via trowelblazers tumblr.

The blog shares the fascinating stories and achievements of female archaeologists, some well-known, many less so. Meet Dorothea Bate who discovered the Mallorcan mouse-goat, Jane Dieulafoy who got special permission to dress as a man, and a lovely photo of Harriet Boyd Hawes in her swivel chair.  Oh, and Mary Anning of course.  Jacquetta will feature soon!

Flowering Spring

I’m always looking out for echoes of Jacquetta (or at least mentions of female archaeologists)  in the books and other media of her time.  I read a lot of mid-twentieth century fiction, especially “girlsown” school and other classic stories.  I was delighted to find an echo of her in a character in  “Flowering Spring”, by Elfrida Vipont (Oxford University Press, 1960), the fourth in a series about Kit Haverard, who becomes a singer, and her niece Laura, who wants to act.  The stories feature the whole Quaker family network: Laura’s uncle Miles marries Rachel Charlbury, who reminds me very much of Jacquetta.  Rachel is described as “a well-known archaeologist and had the advantage of possessing an attractive television personality.  Everyone was familiar with her clear-cut, intellectual features, her pleasant, well-modulated voice and her impeccable taste in clothes”.   My favourite reaction to the news of the marriage is from Laura’s academic father: “‘You don’t mean to say – not Rachel Charlbury!’ exclaimed Professor Haverard, nearly losing control of the car in his excitement”.

Rachel, although a minor character, plays a key role in supporting Laura and showing her how an independent woman can be happy.  Rachel’s proposed dig in India also lays ghosts for Aunt Milly, as she supports the dig which will bring development to the area where her lover was killed.