Dr Gill Sutherland

MA, PhD, FRHistS

Fellow Emerita

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College Jobs

  • Fellow Emerita
  • Retired Director of Studies in History

University Jobs

  • Member of History Faculty; occasional supervision of Part II dissertations and research


Email: gs10012@cam.ac.uk

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I taught and directed studies in History in the College from 1965 to 2007. I continue to research and write now. My two most recent books have been Faith, Duty and the Power of Mind. The Cloughs and their Circle 1820-1960 (2006) and In Search of the New Woman: Middle Class Women and Work in Britain 1870-1914 (2015), both published by Cambridge University Press.

I have been chairman of the governors of the Stephen Perse Foundation in Cambridge since 1999. I am currently a member of the Executive Committee of the Friends of The Women’s Library.

Research Interests

I maintain my interests in the social and political history of education, and that of women in particular. I have an article, ‘Self-education, class and gender in Edwardian Britain: women in lower middle class families’ forthcoming in a special issue of the Oxford Review of Education, devoted to home schooling; and I am currently working on an essay on Ellen Wordsworth Darwin, an early Newnham Lecturer, for a book of essays about her daughter, Frances Cornford, the poet.