Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Online Resource: Mapping Memorials to Women in Scotland

Our friends at Glasgow Women's Library have been working with Women's History Scotland to develop an online record of memorials in Scotland commemorating the lives and achievements of women. Some of these women, the likes of Flora MacDonald and J.K. Rowling are well-known, however the the majority are only now being remembered thanks to the records of online contributors who are helping to add new memorial sites to the map.

The lovely aspect of the resource is that it forms a personal archive of the recollected stories and knowledge of those with an interest in preserving the history of local women. Visitors to the site are encouraged to sign up to log new memorials and share photographs through the beautiful Flickr gallery where we sourced this image of La Pasionaria, the familiar monument walkers and cyclists pass the River Clyde Walkway - a tribute to those people who died resisting Fascism in Spain during the 1930s.

If you can think of your own contribution, why not add it to the site where others can discover it using The Memorials Map or search function! The stories behind 300 memorials have been logged with the resource gathering momentum through training sessions ran by GWL earlier in the year. Look out for the potential announcement of more training opportunities on the site or search for similar-themed events on the GWL's calendar


Using the map, we chanced upon this delightful mosaic plaque above the door of Greengate, Jessie M. King's house in the artist's town of Kirkcudbright. The children's illustrator moved to the town in 1915, twenty-three years after she first entered Glasgow School of Art as a student in 1892, and continued to work there until her death. Here she produced books of drawings, among them Kirkcudbright: A Royal Burgh, a delicately-coloured book published by Gowans & Gray in 1934 and held in our Glasgow Style Book Design Collection in the Library Special Collections. 

Finding the online tribute to King on the mapping memorial site is a happy coincidence and one, we think, which helps to illustrate the potential of this wonderful online resource!