A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, the Raising Horizons exhibition will open on 1st February 2017, at the Geological Society, London.

Exhibition open Monday–Friday, 09:30–17:30, Geological Society, Burlington House, W1J 0BG. Drop-in visitors welcome, but it's best to double check access on +44 (0)20 7434 9944, receptionist@geolsoc.org.uk.

Two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history is celebrated through captivating portraits: 14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology pose as their historic counterparts, each representing a moment in time.

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of archaeology, geology and palaeontology past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science. You can help us take this story on UK tour over 2017-8, and bring the message of women's achievements to an even bigger audience by backing our crowdfund.


Women in archaeology, geology, and palaeontology

TrowelBlazers is a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise.

Because we think these women are awesome. We think you’ll think these women are awesome. And we want to keep on discovering more awesome trowel-wielding women. Plus, so many of the pictures are, quite frankly, a–MAZ–ing.

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Emily Rayfield

“Her research in the last ten years has helped pave the way for the study of biomechanics and functional morphology of both fossil and extant animals.” – Dr. Stephan Lautenschlager, Vertebrate Palaeontologist Professor Emily Rayfield is an internationally renowned palaeontologist who has pioneered the use of engineering principles in palaeontology, particularly finite element analysis (FEA). Her […]

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What We're Up To

After an absolutely awe-inspiring amount of work, our Raising Horizons collaboration has finally seen the light of day! On the 9th of February we had a little party to celebrate the artistic vision of Leonora Saunders and the rather epic TrowelBlazing of Becky Wragg Sykes. The portraits were hung by the railings with care, half the professors and all of…

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Do you know of an awesome, TrowelBlazing pioneer in archaeology, geology, or palaeontology? Let us know! We are always looking out for guest posts, or even suggestions for new women to feature.

It’s all so very easy… 200 words, and a picture either freely available or with a known source where we can request permission to reproduce it. Even if you can’t manage that – don’t worry! We’re happy just to be told about truly inspiring women. Don’t forget to tell us your twitter/ blog name so we can give you full credit!

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