'Blue Papers' are the mechanism by which new fellows are elected to the Society of Antiquaries of London. The Beyond Notability project team is delving into the Society's archive to uncover histories of women and their contributions to archaeology, history, and heritage from the late 19th century to the 1950s. The first women were elected Fellows in 1920, and the Blue papers are valuable resource to begin mapping women's activities in these fields, their connections and networks. But these records conceal as much as they reveal, so we are also exploring beyond the blue papers, finding evidence of women in other parts of the Society's archive. This paper will examine how these records expand our understanding of women's engagements with and beyond the Society.
Dr Amara Thornton is Co-Investigator of Beyond Notability: Re-Evaluating Women's Work in Archaeology, History and Heritage in Britain 1870-1950, a 3 year AHRC funded project. She was most recently Research Officer at the University of Reading. She founded and Coordinates the History of Archaeology Network at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.
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