The University of Oxford is old. Very old. There is evidence of teaching as early as 1096, which makes it the oldest university in the English-speaking world. But did you know that it is less than 100 years since women were allowed to become full members of the university and have the right to get degrees? Even though they could not get a degree, women did study here also before 1920. A number of academic halls were established for women from 1878, and women could receive an education and take exams even though they could not get an Oxford degree.
‘Education and Activism: Oxford Women 1878-1920’ is an IT Innovation Challenges project looking to create an innovation digital resource about women in Oxford before 1920. The project is creating a website with information and documents from the period. There will be a walking tour, a gallery, and much more. It will be launched at an event on the 14th October 2020, to the day 100 years since women first took their degrees here.
You can read more about the project in the project abstract on the IT Innovation Challenges blog. if you are interested in learning more about the history of the University and women at Oxford, why not explore some of the following resources:
- University of Oxford. Introduction and history
- University of Oxford (Wikipedia)
- The History of Women at Oxford
- Historical pictures in the Oxford University Image library
The ‘Education and Activism’ project is a collaborative project involving the Faculty of History, Bodleian Libraries, Women in the Humanities, and the former women’s colleges Lady Margaret Hall, Somerville, St Hugh’s, St Hilda’s and St Anne’s. It is supported by IT Innovation Challenges.