Cluster for the History of Women's Education

Harnessing our well established expertise in histories of women's education

About us

The Cluster for the History of Women's Education (CHWE) is a Research and Knowledge Exchange group focussing on histories of women’s education. Established in 2002 as a research centre, in 2023 it became integrated in CREATE (Centre of Research for Educational Action and Theory Exchange), a new centre of excellence harnessing the University's wide range of expertise and research interests in the field of Education.

CHWE takes a broad cultural definition of education, one that transcends schooling to encompass learning and teaching (formal and informal) at any phase of the life-cycle, in any setting or historical period, including the recent past.


CHWE aims to foster a research environment that:

2024 Events

8 January: Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful: Christian values in the Anglican Girls' Friendly Society in the late 19th - early 20th century

Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful talked about the welfare initiatives undertaken by the Anglican Girls' Friendly Society in the latter years of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. At a time before the National Health Service, pensions and unemployment befit, the young working women and girls who were members of the AGFS were supported financially through employments schemes and with respite care and holiday homes. The society made special provision for blind and disabled members and encouraged the able-bodied to fundraise and support incapacitated members with social events and companionship. This served as a practical way for members to demonstrate the AGFS' Christian values.

19 March: Dr Maureen Royce: Memories and impact - a personal perspective of the importance of Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia in the 1960s.

26 March: Dr Alistair Jones: Bahaism and Women’s Education: Alice Buckton and Annette Schepel’s Journeys with Abdu’l-Bahá 1910-1913.

Meet the CWHE team

Dr Sue Anderson-Faithful

Dr Eleanor Simpson

Dr Catherine Holloway

Dr Alistair Jones