09 Jul 2024
by Dr Amara Thornton

Beyond Notability is a three year research project exploring the histories of women active in archaeology, history and heritage in Britain between 1870 and 1950. The Beyond Notability team have been coming through the historic records of the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Archaeological Institute, and the CBA's predecessor the Congress of Archaeological Societies to find the names of women and explore their lives and work in more detail.

They have put what they've found into a project database, which is accessible online to anyone. On the database you can see results of their research and explore the stories of some of the fascinating and influential women they have uncovered.

To help you get started, Dr Amara Thornton, a Co-Investigator on the Beyond Notability Team, has created a YouTube video to tell you more about the project and guide you through using the database. There are over 900 women in the database. The video-guide incorporates the stories of three of them: Margerie Venables Taylor, Ida Mary Roper, and Lucy Ramsay.

The Beyond Notability team have also been working with a storyteller, Vanessa Woolf, who they commissioned to create four stories based on five women from our database. 

Beyond Notability is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The project website (www.beyondnotability.org) has a blog with posts on various themes and issues that have arisen during the course of the project. Vanessa's audio recorded stories will also be available on the blog. You will also find out more about the team and the project's public programmes on the website.

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