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A Few Forgotten Women Friday Everyday

Our next A Few Forgotten Women Friday is on 11 August and we will be asking for volunteers next month. We know how much some of you look forward to these days and maybe you just can't wait. The good news is that it can now be A Few Forgotten Women Friday whenever you choose.


There are plenty of women and girls in the datasets that we worked on for the York Festival of Ideas and we would like to open these up for research by anyone who would like to research and contribute a Forgotten Women story at any stage.


The two groups are:

  1. Women and girls associated with The Mount School in York. This includes pupils, teachers and other staff. This is a Quaker foundation, so you might expect to delve into some Quaker records. The admissions' registers are on FindmyPast. If you would like to research someone from The Mount please get in touch and we will allocate you a name. The girls came from across the British Isles, so if you have an interest in a particular county, let us know and we will try to find a girl from that area. Or take a look at the admissions' book and make a choice but please do check with us that she is not already claimed before beginning work. A caveat about those from The Mount, although most will, not every story will fit into one of the categories that you will find on our stories page, so a few won't be suitable for our website, although the school will be very grateful for the information.

  2. Woman who were Voluntary Aid Detachment volunteers. You can search for these on the Red Cross website. All of these were women at war, so fit our criteria. Take your pick from the Red Cross database, perhaps choosing a surname or place of origin that appeals to you, check with us that she is not already being researched and begin.

This is a perpetual A Few Forgotten Women Friday Everyday project, so the opportunity is open until all the women and girls have been researched. Do come and join the fun.



VAD nurses at Gledhow Hall 1915

Image in the public domain



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