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Dr Anne Summers

Dr Anne Summers is a former Wellcome Trust Research Fellow (1986-1989) and Curator of Modern Historical Manuscripts at the British Library (1989-2004).  During the latter period she was an Honorary Research Fellow at Royal Holloway College (1996-1999) and a Visiting Professor at Middlesex University (1999-2005).

Her research focusses on women's history, and she has published articles in French, Swiss, Belgian, Italian and German journals and anthologies as well as in Canada, the United States and Great Britain.  Her books include Angels and Citizens: British Women as Military Nurses 1854-1914 (1988 and 2000); Female Lives, Moral States: Women, Religion and Public Life in Britain, 1800-1930 (2000) and she edited the British Library Catalogue of the Papers of George Bernard Shaw (2005).

Between 2004 and 2007 she conducted a project on the international networks of the social reformer Josephine Butler, based at The Women's Library and funded by the Leverhulme Foundation.  Currently she is completing Living with Difference: Christian and Jewish Women in Britain, 1880-1940, for which she received funding from the British Academy.

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