Our first online exhibition of archive footage charts the varied stories of Scotland's women in the 21st century. Available to watch online until 20 September.
Women in Scotland have lived through major social change in the past 100 years
They have challenged their roles in society, fighting for equality: at work and at home, from classroom to croft, from girlhood to motherhood.
Viewers can explore overlooked moments in the lives of Scotland's 20th-century women.
'Her Century' is free to view online until Sunday 20 September. Experience it here:
'Her Century' is around 70 minutes long. The programme is split into three thematic sections:
- At work
- 'Male and Female' (1980) — a public health film for teenagers discussing gender roles; directed by Sarah Erulkar
- 'Herring Harvest at Yarmouth' (around 1910) — an early film showing the 'Scotch lassies' at work in Yarmouth, some 600 miles from home
- 'A Day in the Home' (1951) — an educational film for domestic science pupils about the role of the housewife and mother.
The programme features several films directed by women. Find out about more women film-makers in our Moving Image Archive catalogue.
You can view many of the titles featured in the programme via our Moving Image Archive catalogue.
More about the programme
Curated by Dr Emily Munro and edited by Stuart Wilson, 'Her Century' started life as a touring programme.
With the support of Film Hub Scotland, it has been screened at cinemas and festivals across the country since September 2019.
'The films selected for this programme are as wide-ranging as their subject matter.
'They include educational and promotional material, amateur footage and propaganda.
'The women represented here include crofters, campaigners, factory workers, psychologists, mothers, pilots and educators. Seen together, they show great variation in women's roles over time.
'The last century was a time of rapid social change in which "a woman’s place" was contested and redefined.
'I wanted to steer away from the "monumental" moments of suffrage and the two world wars, drawing instead on the variety of ways in which ordinary women and girls have been represented on film, as scholars, workers, mothers and friends.'
Learn more about the tour on the Her Century mini-site.
- The programme has been fully captioned for d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing audiences by Matchbox Cineclub
- 'Nine Dalmuir West' copyright BFI
- 'Western Isles' copyright British Council
- 'Tomorrow is Yours' shown by kind permission of Co-operative Group Ltd
- 'Travelpass' shown by kind permission of Highlands and Islands Enterprise
- 'A Crofter's Life in Shetland' shown by kind permission of Ann Black.