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Committee Members

Lucienne Boyce (Bristol) Publicity

Lucienne is a historical novelist, historian and speaker. Her novels (To The Fair Land, 2012 and Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery, due May 2015) are set in the eighteenth century. The Bristol Suffragettes, a history of the local suffragette campaign, was published in 2013. She is currently working on a biography of a married couple who were involved in the suffragette, socialist and peace movements.”

June Hannam (Bath and UWE) Co-chair and Treasurer

June is treasurer and co-chair of the local network. She has been involved with the WHN since it was formed and at present is coordinator of the annual Book Prize. Her research interests are in feminist and socialist history in Britain from the late nineteenth century to the Second World War. Publications include Isabella Ford (1989); (with Karen Hunt) Socialist Women: Britain 1880s-1920s (2002) and Feminism (2011) and, most recently, a pamphlet for the radical history group on the opposition of Bristol socialists to the First World War. She is writing a book with Madge Dresser, Moira Martin and Peter Fleming on Women in the City: Bristol, 1100-present day. June is professor emeritus in Modern British History, University of the West of England.

Katherine Holden (Bath and UWE) Co-chair and website

Katherine is a founder member and co-chair of the local network and has also served on the steering committee of the National WHN, including a three year term as convenor from 2007-2010.  Her main research interests are in historical perspectives on family, marital status and singleness. She is the author of The Shadow of Marriage: Singleness in England 1914-1960 (2007) and a British Academy funded history of nannies Nanny Knows Best: The History of the British Nanny, The History Press 2013. She is a visiting research fellow at the University of The West of England and a part time academic support worker for students with disabilities at Bath Spa University.

Jane Howells (Salisbury) Newsletter editor

Jane is the editor of our newsletter. She has researched and written a new introduction to the 2013 reprint of Maud Davies's Life in an English Village. With Ruth Newman she has recently written Women in Salisbury Cathedral Close (2014). They also transcribed and edited William Small's Cherished Memories and Associations for the Wiltshire Record Society (2011) and co-authored Salisbury Past for Phillimore. Jane is editor of Local History News for the British Association for Local History and on the editorial board of Sarum Chronicle

Diana Russell (Bath Spa University) Committee Member

Diana is a PhD student at Bath Spa University. Her principal research interests lie within women’s history and particularly the history of women and work. Her PhD dissertation looks at the working lives of lower ‘middling class’ women during the first half of the nineteenth-century. She has a strong interest in local history and the history of consumption, shopping and leisure as well as the history of retailing.

Elaine Titcombe (UWE) Membership Secretary

Elaine is a history PhD Student at the University of the West of England, Bristol, researching the narratives emerging from the Women’s Peace Camp at Greenham Common 1981-2000. A contributor to Performing the Self: Women's Lives in Historical Perspective, ‘Women Activists: Rewriting Greenham’s History’ edited by Katie Barclay and Sarah Richardson (Routledge, 2014).