A Level History: The Personal is Political

Workshop photo


These A Level History workshops and resources were created by the Feminist Archive South at the University of Bristol and funded by the Government Equalities Office. The Hatpins to Hashtags project enabled young people to celebrate and participate in the Centenary of Women’s Suffrage by engaging with women’s history and the democratic process. In 2018 we engaged over 300 young people to use the Feminist Archive to think critically about gender equality over the last century and draw courage from historical campaigns to make their own voices heard.

The workshops were delivered in schools, colleges and youth groups across the South West and students work was displayed alongside our touring exhibition of posters Politics and Protest. These learning opportunities enabled students to build on a historical and political understanding of the changing role and status of women in the 20th century through a creative, archival exploration of the Women’s Liberation Movement.


Feminist Poster

Archival Research Skills

These resources are also intended to develop archival research skills and source analysis essential for A Level historians and original research at degree level. Students will be challenged to critically interpret a variety of sources in relation to the 7 demands of the Women’s Liberation Movement, questioning to what extent these rights have been achieved and for whom. Through archival research, students will gain an understanding of the key concept ‘the personal is political’ by learning about the key legislative changes impacting women’s rights and the role of feminist pressure groups in exerting influence on democratic structures.



The resources in this pack aim to enrich learning of the topics and themes relating to women’s social and political history covered by the AQA and Edexcel A Level History specifications. Whilst they include detailed plans, worksheets, presentations, sources and bibliographies- please feel free to adapt them. Due to the nature of archives and copyright, in these resources the extracts are restricted. However, if you would like the Feminist Archive South to bring this workshop to life with a full range of sources including posters, pamphlets, letters and photographs- get in contact to enquire about our workshop delivery. Email education.feministarchive@gmail.com.