‘Past Students: New Women’

‘Past Students: New Women’

2015/2016 Projects

This project aims to produce short radio/podcast documentaries to illustrate how women undergraduates and graduates were prominent in the history of NUI Galway at a time of social and political change during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

It will show how their intellectual and social effort made an impact locally and further afield, while demonstrating the value of constructing life-stories as a way of understanding and interpreting the past. The project makes innovative use of accessible technology, and will use archival resources and a creative style of presentation. Sharing the podcasts online, as well as via radio, will enrich the story of NUI Galway, and introduce local and international audiences to a fascinating dimension of the university’s history.

Project Team & Links

Lead student partners:  Mary McGill
Lead staff partner:  Mary Clancy

Student partners:
Mary McGill

Staff partners:
Mary Clancy

Project Updates

The Explore project has gathered information about Emily Anderson, the first of three life-stories to be submitted for the project. Emily Anderson (1891-1962) studied languages as an undergraduate in Galway, later undertaking postgraduate studies in Germany and teaching in Barbados. In 1917, she returned to Galway where she was the first lecturer and woman to hold the newly established chair of German. In 1920, Anderson left Ireland for London, working for the Foreign Office (and the War Office during the Second World War) until 1951. Emily Anderson achieved international prominence in the sphere of translation and music, notably in translating the letters of Mozart and Beethoven. The podcast will situate Anderson’s life in relevant historical contexts, using research, interview and sound. Interview: we have spoken to a local researcher, with a background in German and research on Anderson. We aim to record and produce our podcasts using the Flirt FM studio facilities.

We’re organising an event relating to the Explore project in the library for the month of March. We have selected a number of focus individuals who have publications in the library and will organise an exhibition of same in the library foyer (inside the library). The library will provide the glass cases and the stands. We hope to have it in place for International Women’s Day on 8 March.

We held a meeting on Friday, 1 April, re planning. We have most of the written research completed on the three women in question. We also plan a visit to Dublin archives on Monday, 18 April and aim to have all materials ready to tape in the studio (as required) for the end of April. The associated exhibition in the library – Past Lives (combining names from the current project and some from the previous Digital Memories) – is extended for the month of April and is receiving good reviews. The Explore logo is attached and the six biographies are translated into Irish. The exhibition is also publicised on the library blog and on screen in the library foyer area.