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Celebrating women at the University - Dr Peggy Styles with Professor Helen Wodehouse

Dr Peggy Styles holding portrait of Professor Helen Wodehouse

30 November 2018

From the first British woman to win a Nobel Prize to one of the country’s early suffragettes, portraits dedicated to inspirational women now grace the walls of the University of Bristol’s most famous building.

Although the University was the first higher education institution in England to welcome women on an equal basis to men, the wooden panels of the Great Hall in its Wills Memorial Building have been an all-male domain thanks to hosting portraits of its Vice-Chancellors.

Now, thanks to a project specially-commissioned to mark 100 years since the first women in Britain won the right to vote, a series of ten portraits redresses the balance and celebrates notable Bristol women who have changed the institution – and, indeed, the world.

Dr Peggy Styles, a former student at the School of Education, is the University’s oldest graduate at the age of 86. Peggy talks about the legacy of Professor Helen Wodehouse (1880 – 1964), who was the first female Chair at the University of Bristol.

Read the University press release


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