Building the Research about Women in Building Research

As loyal readers may recall, some while ago I did a rather boring blog that was basically just a list of some names of women scientific civil servants I had encountered in the records of the Royal Aircraft Establishment. Its merit, if any, was that some people who knew stuff about some of the women…

Boarding School Mechanics – some engineering episodes in girls’ novels

Part 3 in the series “Once Upon a Time There was an Engineer, looking for female engineers in film and fiction” comes from Guest Blogger Kay Whalley First, a disclaimer. I’m not an engineer. I collect girls’ books from about 1900 to about 2000. Girls’ school stories; girls’ adventure stories and girls’ career books. References…

Once Upon a Time There Was an Engineer……

Looking for Fictional Women Engineers – Part 2 – Soviet & German fiction     In Part 1 of my search for women engineers in fiction, I considered English-language novels, mainly British but also one from the USA. Whilst searching for those examples, I started to find some online references to women engineers mentioned in…

The First Female Tech Entrepreneur

Guest-authored* blog from Mary Monro Osteopath and author of Stranger In My Heart (Unbound 2018), https://linktr.ee/mmonro276 Dora Metcalf (née Greene, 1892-1982) was a mathematician by training, though she came from a family of engineers and her own life’s work was in the application of maths. Her story is one of a courageous response to loss…

Research in the time of Covid-19

So here we all are. Stuck at home to prevent this ghastly virus spreading too far too quickly. No access to archives and often not even to the archivists either. So what does the lover of historical knowledge do? She indulges herself in a spot of online retail therapy and goes shopping for secondhand books…

Once upon a time there was an engineer……

    Looking for Fictional Women Engineers, Part 1 – Print Having spent many years researching the real, but largely forgotten, history of women’s work in engineering, it occurred to me how rarely we see depictions of either male or female characters in films, TV or books who are engineers. If part of my original…

SARAH GUPPY AND HER BRIDGE PATENT No. 3405, 1811 [Guest article by Julia Elton]

Image of Sarah Guppy: by Stewy [with kind permission of Sheila Hannon, Creative Producer] Sarah Guppy (née Beach), later Mrs. Coote. Baptised 1770, died 1852 Sarah Guppy’s modern reputation rests almost entirely on the mis-interpretation of her 1811 bridge patent. As a result, she has been promoted as the precursor of the modern suspension bridge…

To Build Ships for His Majesty’s Navy – women in shipbuilding

                    For this year’s Remembrance weekend, I offer some stories about women who ran shipyards or worked in shipyards designing or building warships for the Royal Navy. This weekend we quite rightly remember the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect us in time of conflict, but their service depended…