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Women of Historic Dundee

Wednesday 29th August 2012

Members and guests gathered in the River Rooms of the University of Dundee for a delicious lunch and opportunities to network. Our thanks are given to the University’s historical archivist, Dr Kenneth Baxter, who stepped in at the last minute to cover for our planned speaker, Professor Chris Whatley, who was taken ill earlier in the morning. Dr Baxter’s presentation highlighted some of the most influential women in Dundee’s history such as Mary-Anne Baxter who donated £130,000 to establish the University of Dundee on the condition that all courses would be open to women and men. This led the way for some inspirational women such as Dr Ruth Young who pioneered healthcare in India and Margaret Fairly who became Scotland's first female professor. Dr Baxter also shared some information about the historical material that is available for public research in the University including industrial and church records, health board records, photography and book collections and ancestry guides.

Thanks are also given to our host Elizabeth Shearer from the University of Dundee for generously sponsoring this event. All the proceeds from this event will be donated to our charity Alternatives.

Here is some feedback from members and guests;

“Excellent speaker - very fascinating”

“I enjoyed the opportunity to network with other women in the city”

“Very friendly event”

“Central venue was appreciated. Fantastic topic/speaker”



Networking in the River Rooms before lunch.



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