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Sue Anderson-Faithful is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies. She teaches history and the pedagogy of history . Her research interests are in Anglicanism, the history of women’s educational opportunities, gendered notions of womanhood informed by religion and women’s activism realised through philanthropy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She is the joint editor of History of Education Researcher and The Sybil Campbell Collection Newsletter. A member of the Centre for the History of Women's Education  she shares her knowledge of local history as the guide and author of the Winchester Women’s History walk.

Areas of expertise

  • Women's Histories of education
  • Anglicanism
  • Philanthropy notably the Mothers' Union and Girls' friendly Society
  • nineteenth and early twentieth centuries
  • Pedagogy of history for application in the Primary School curriculum


  • Anderson-Faithful, S. and Holloway, C. (2019) 'We do not wish to be sofa cushions, or even props to men, but we wish to work by their side':celebrating women as popular educators at the Anglican Church congresses 1881-1913, History of Education.
  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2018) Mary Sumner: Mission, education and Motherhood, thinking a life with Bourdieu, (Cambridge: Lutterworth).
  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2017) Aspects of Agency: change and constraint in the activism of Mary Sumner founder of the Anglican Mothers' Union, Women's History Review, 1-18
  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2012), Mary Sumner and Maternal Authority: From the Drawing Room to the Homes of the Nation, History of Education, Researcher Special Issue,  Educated Women: Finding Place, Claiming Space ,Vol. 89, pp. 18-26.
  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2012), A 'Mission to Civilise’: The Popular Educational Vision of the Anglican Mothers’ Union and Girls Friendly Society 1886-1926, Revista Brasileira de História da Educação 11, No. 1 (28), pp. 15-43.


  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2008), ‘Let the aged women likewise’ Constructions of maternal authority and matronly identities in the life and writing of Mary Sumner, Foundress of the Anglican Mothers’ Union (1828-1921). Paper presented at Women’s History Network, Glasgow, 2008.
  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2009), A ‘Mission to Civilise’: The Popular Educational Vision of the Anglican Mothers’ Union and Girls’ Friendly Society 1886-1926. Paper presented at ISCHE, Utrecht, 2009.
  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2010), Private Virtues and Public Capital: Mary Sumner and Constructions of Identity. Paper presented at Women’s History Network Conference, Warwick.
  • Anderson-Faithful, S. (2012), Mary Sumner: A Popular Religious Educator. Paper presented at the History of Education Society, Winchester.
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