History Workshop: Women and Material Culture

Join us on Wednesday 2nd March at 4.30pm GMT for a live webinar at the University of Southampton…

What can material culture – the objects, images and three-dimensional ‘stuff’ of history – tell us about the past? How can we use material culture sources to bring new stories and hidden histories to light? What roles did objects play in the lives of women at different times, in different places, and in a variety of historical contexts.

Join us for this short online workshop, as three lecturers from the University of Southampton’s History Department explore the various ways in which material culture can illuminate women’s histories and the wider historical contexts in which they lived their lives. By drawing on evidence beyond texts, this workshop will encourage you think about the ways in which different historical sources can help us to recover voices that are rarely recorded in official documents or traditional historical narratives.

The talks will explore how objects can offer unique insights into the impact of Rome’s empire on the lives of women in Roman Britain, the lives of indigenous and enslaved women in the eighteenth-century Atlantic World, and the impact of ideas about gender, class and family on women in twentieth-century Britain. The three short talks will be followed by a Q&A session. Anyone keen to learn more about women’s histories is very welcome, but the workshop may be of particular interest to students taking A-level modules such as ‘Ruling Roman Britain, AD 43-c. 128’, ‘Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763–1914’ and ‘The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007.