Women in Science: 10 minutes with a Materials Scientist

As part of our Women in Science series, we spoke to Sarah Paynter, Materials Scientist at Historic England, about how her work informs our understanding of the past. What do you do? I use scientific analysis to identify what ancient objects, building materials and archaeological finds are, and to find out more about them – for example, where they came from and when they were made. Why is your work important? It is so important to know about the past, and understand and protect our heritage, and scienceRead more

8 Statues of Courageous Women in History

This Women’s History Month, we’re talking about the representation and commemoration of women throughout history. Just 2.7% of statues in the UK are of historical, non-royal women – and a number of campaigns are looking to change that. A crowdsourcing project is underway to install a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in her home town of Manchester. Campaign group Mary on the Green are fundraising to have a statue of ‘the mother of feminism’ Mary Wollstonecraft installed on Newington Green, London.Read more

5 Stellar Women of Space Science

To mark International Women’s Day 2017, we’ve collaborated with The Royal Society to celebrate and record the stories of groundbreaking women of science. While many great men of science have memorials and statues in their honour, the achievement of women has been less widely told. Here are 5 out-of-this-world women who made cosmic waves in the world of astronomy:   Caroline Herschel Caroline Herschel was the first woman to discover a comet, the first woman to be awarded a prize byRead more