A team of University of Portsmouth staff members have been successful in their bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Dr Sue Bruley from the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Dr Laurel Forster from the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries, and Dr Terese Jonsson from the School of Social, Historical and Literary Studies, have been awarded just over £73,000 following their successful bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund bid for ‘The Hidden Heritage of a Naval Town: Women’s Community Activism in Portsmouth Since 1960‘.
The project enables women’s community activism in Portsmouth, to be recorded through life-stories and archival work, attending to important issues of class, ethnicity and sexuality.
It draws upon living memories of grassroots feminism of the 1970s up to the present day, contesting the often male dominated heritage of Portsmouth.
The activism, histories and contexts of women’s social and familial work in Portsmouth will be circulated through school and library-based learning, as well as through public lectures, films and books.
This project links different generations of feminists and activists in Portsmouth, by training younger volunteers in oral history skills, curatorship and web development.
Preparatory work for the project will begin after the project’s launch on March 21st.
The project leader is Sue Bruley, Reader in History, the project deputy lead is Laurel Forster Senior Lecturer in Media Studies, and the expert director is Terese Jonsson, Lecturer in Sociology.
Sue, Laurel and Terese, will combine their different disciplines and skills sets to ensure the smooth running and success of the project.
They will work with local women’s groups in Portsmouth, the Portsmouth History Centre, the Portsdown U3A and the National Museum of the Royal Navy to ensure a broad coverage of women’s history in Portsmouth. This will be recorded, brought to attention, and disseminated widely.