A year in the making, in partnership with photographer Leonora Saunders, the Raising Horizons exhibition is on now on UK tour! We'll be at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham from 25 September - 10 December 2017.

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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Mary “Polly” Winearls Porter

Mary Porter was born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk on 26th July 1886. She was the daughter of Times journalist and international correspondent Robert and his wife Alice Porter (née Hobbins). Robert believed that education was superfluous for women; hence, Mary was schooled in reading and writing at home but did not receive any formal education. […]

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Happy Birthday Mary Anning! Born on the 21st of May in 1799, your spirit is still strong amongst trowelblazers the world over. This year we are channeling the Anning spirit, and are celebrating by opening a shop. But rather than selling fossils (or indeed shells by the seashore), we are selling TrowelBlazers SWAG! All proceeds will go to keeping trowelblazers.com going,…

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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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