Women of Conviction at Hull University Archives
On 19 July 2007 Shami Chakrabarti, the Director of Liberty, was
awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Hull in
recognition of her outstanding contributions to equality and human
rights issues. To celebrate this event, Hull University Archives
has launched this small on-line exhibition, highlighting some of
the women represented in the archives.
Dr. Julian Stern, Dean of the Institute for Learning, described
in his citation our pride in the work of Liberty and its
distinguished Director. Liberty is part of our collective
conscience in relation to human rights and civil liberties, and its
archive is an important part of our collective memory. He went on
to argue that "each of us has a responsibility to defend human
rights when they are under attack, and to promote human rights all
of the time, whatever our rôles in life, as educators, business
leaders, philosophers, historians, lawyers - as human beings. ...
Each one of us can also contribute our expertise and our humanity,
whether in the law or education or business, or as members of the
public, to support human rights, and each of us can be supported,
in turn, by Liberty and by its Director, Shami Chakrabarti."
|Delegates to the Congress of the Co-operative Women's Guild,
held in Hull in 1939
This exhibition reflects these two themes: of individuals making
a difference, either working on their own or as leaders of large
organisations; and of the importance of recording the work and
achievements of these individuals and organisations as part of our
collective memory. These two themes are joined in the work of
Professor John Saville, during the 1960s and 1970s, in acquiring
and seeking to preserve the archives of pressure groups and
campaigning organisations. His work and the nationally-renowned
collection of archives which has been built up as a result of his
work are described in the Introduction to Pressure Group archives at the
University of Hull.
An introduction to the ‘women of conviction' we have chosen to highlight
in this exhibition then takes you on to separate pages describing
the lives and contributions of each.