Celebrating the lives of women in Yorkshire from the 1100s to the
present day

These women were rich and poor, privileged and unfortunate, led traditional and pioneering lives and made a huge difference to their family, friends and wider society. We have digitised letters, diaries, medical case notes and much more. We hope you will enjoy exploring these fascinating sources.

About Us

History to Herstory began in 2003, funded by the Big Lottery Fund, West Yorkshire Archive Service and its partners, the University of Huddersfield, The Bronte Society, Hull Local Studies Library, and Leeds City Council Libraries. Together we’ve selected over 80,000 archive pages illustrating women’s lives over 800 years. In 2011, The University of Huddersfield and WYAS successfully bid to JISC for funding to refresh, repurpose and rehome the resources. We have improved and upgraded the database, checked the images and created new learning materials. The University of Huddersfield will host and maintain the site.

To comment on the sources and to discuss your findings please visit the History to Herstory set on Flickr

Visit our partners

> University of Huddersfield

> West Yorkshire Archive Service

> Big Lottery Fund

> Enrich UK Lottery Fund

> The Brontë Parsonage Museum

> Hull History Centre

> Leeds Libraries


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  • pilot thumb for downloading

    > Amy Johnson

  • anne porytrait thumb for downloading

    > Anne Lister

  • nuclear campaign thumb for downloading

    > Campaign for
    Nuclear Disarmament

  • Charlotte thumb for downloading

    > Charlotte Brontë

  • elsie thumb for downloading

    > Elsie May Hallas,
    nurse, 1920's

  • Marion thumb for downloading

    > Marion Booth
    of Moldgreen

  • >National spinters thumb for downloading

    > National Spinsters
    Pension Association

  • Fashion thumb for downloading

    > New "Fashions" Book
    advertisement, 1900