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For posts that concern the decade 1950-60

Lorna Walker in pink jacket

Lorna Walker

Lorna Walker studied History at St Andrews in the late 1940s, and returned in the 1960s as a lecturer in Medieval History and Warden of University Hall. She retired in 1991, and still lives in St Andrews. The following…

History graduates: statistics 1900-1975

Just one student graduated with Honours in History in 1900; by 1975, the graduating class had grown to 59 students. We know this, because the University of St Andrews ‘Calendars’, published annually, contained lists of…

B&W photo of Doris Ketelbey, about 1940

Doris Ketelbey, 1896-1990

(Caroline) Doris Ketelbey was the first woman to hold a long-term position as member of staff in History at St Andrews [read about other early women staff]. She was appointed as an Assistant Lecturer in 1935; and…

Past History Papers: 1950s

Past exam papers allow us to piece together information about how History at the University of St Andrews was conceptualised and taught to students, and how that differs from different decades throughout the twentieth…

Formal invitation to a St Andrews night dinner, 1950

Doris Ketelbey in the Gold Coast

One of the most fascinating periods of Doris Ketelbey’s life is the six months she spent working in the British occupied Gold Coast from 1950-1951. Ever a historian at heart, Ketelbey saved a large collection of…

PhDs in History: the first four women

The first PhD in History at St Andrews was awarded to T.F.G Dexter in 1922. Perhaps remarkably, it was only a few years later before two women followed suit: Edith MacQueen and Edith Thomson were awarded their PhDs in…

Edith Johnston, MA 1951 PhD 1956

As far as we know, Edith Mary Johnston (1930-2008) was the first female St. Andrews PhD student to go on to an academic career.  Born in Belfast, in 1930 to John Worthington-Johnston and Mary Isobel Giraud. She was…

Early women lecturers

When we began this project, we thought we knew that the old department of Mediaeval History had a better track-record of appointing women than the old department of Modern History. Local memory ‘knew’ about the…