Sharing a birthday with the Women’s Engineering Society: Verena Holmes, an outstanding professional mechanical engineer

This guest blog, written by Helen Close et al., looks at the remarkable career of mechanical engineer Verena Holmes, through newly uncovered archive material, including personal letters and diaries.

NEWS: The entire performance of SHE is now free to watch online

From the 21-23 November 2019, students from the University of Leeds department of Performance and Cultural Industries performed the play SHE at Stage@Leeds. Based on the lives of women in engineering, the students devised the play themselves, while working with the Electrifying Women project team. You can read more about the production and the different women whose lives were dramatised here.

NEWS: Information & Culture special issue on the history of women in British telecommunications

Women’s roles in telecommunications history remain underexplored despite a recent proliferation of work on women in the history of technology. Liz Bruton outlines the details of a special issue that seeks to correct that imbalance by situating women’s work in early telecommunications in the UK in relation to broader changes in British society.

The Long Read: Discovering the Victorian Engineer Henrietta Vansittart, part 1

This blog post focuses on the life and work of Henrietta Vansittart (1833-1883) who held the patent for the Lowe-Vansittart propeller. This propeller was widely used in the Royal Navy’s ships and was awarded a first class diploma at the Kensington exhibition in 1871. A model of the propeller is held by the Science Museum Group. So why don’t we know more about her fascinating life?

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