It is the Centenary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service this year, and in celebration there has been some exciting scholarship taking place – and some interesting events coming up – concerning women’s history and the Royal Navy.
Dr Jo Stanley’s publication Women and the Royal Navy is released on 4th November, and “takes a new historiographical approach to the study of the gendered, water-focused military.” It can be pre-ordered at 30% discount, post free, via ethical booksellers The Hive: phone 0203 176 3838 or https://www.hive.co.uk/Product/Jo-Stanley/A-History-of-the-Royal-Navy-Women-and-the-Royal-Navy/16283441. See here for more details Women and the Royal Navy
Dr Hannah Roberts’s book The WRNS in Wartime. The Women’s Royal Naval Service 1917-1945 uses a range of oral history and personal sources to highlight the importance of the WRNS during armed conflict. See here for more details WRNS in Wartime Roberts
The two events taking place are:
Thursday 16 November 2017: Dr Jo Stanley, “Gendered mobility at sea 1960-2017; Comparing women’s changing seagoing roles in the Royal and Merchant Navies.” Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Hosts: Transport & Mobilities History group. The Peter Marshall Room, N204, Second Floor. 5.30pm. It is free and afterwards there will be a small launch party for Jo’s new book, c.7 – 8.15pm.
Saturday 25 November 2017. Women and the Royal Navy, all-day seminar. £45. This is where the new approach to writing the histories of women in the navy will be revealed. See the programme and booking details at http://www.historicdockyard.co.uk/pioneers-to-professionals-seminar. Jo and Hannah will sign their books there – at special discount prices.