A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, we've developed Raising Horizons — a multimedia exhibition which will bring two centuries of hidden trowel-blazing history to life.

14 contemporary women working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology will be photographed posed in the period clothing of a matched historic TrowelBlazer. Personal interviews with the women will form part of the exhibition, and act as the basis for a new oral history archive.

Raising Horizons is about revealing the real face of geo-science past and present, sharing its hidden heritage, and promoting the power of networks for advancing women in science.

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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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Mabel E. Tomlinson

Some teachers have a profound and lasting impact on the lives of their students. Mabel Tomlinson was one such teacher. She taught geology at Yardley Grammar School, and many of her students found their calling in this class, crediting her enthusiasm as the starting point of their careers. Through her own research, and the work of a […]

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Here for the final week of our crowdfund we have our last two women of #RaisingHorizons, joined by their fascination with the long-gone plant life of our planet. Dr Marie Carmichael Stopes and Professor Jane Francis [caption id="attachment_414" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Marie Carmichael Stopes in the laboratory, around 1904. Image from Wikipedia; source Marie Stopes International; used in accordance with upload…

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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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