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International Women’s Day 2020: Snapshots of Edinburgh District Council Women’s Committee by Franki Raffles

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2020, we pay tribute to the Edinburgh District Council’s Women’s Committee (1984-1996) and feminist photographer Franki Raffles (1955-1994). To begin with, we embark on a visual journey back in time and revisit a series of IWD celebrations in Edinburgh between 1988 and 1994 through the Raffles’ photographs.  International Women’s…

8 March 2020Photographic Collection

Trailblazing Women at the University of St Andrews: A Celebration for International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we salute some of the amazing women who have been associated with the University in the last 125 years. ELIZABETH GARRETT (1836-1917) was the first woman to matriculate at the University of St Andrews. In November 1862 she had the support of some of the medical professors and the Vice-Chancellor (Principal…

7 March 2017Muniments Collection

St Andrews Photography Festival:  Programme

This is the final post in our series about the St Andrews Photography Festival – you can see the previous posts in the series below: Robert Moyes Adam: Golf Photographic Collection: The Weighing Machine by Frank Raffles, 1989: Hamish Brown in Morocco: Mrs Beatrice Broughton, by Thomas Rodger (1832-1883): Our photo team have spent this…

28 July 2016exhibitions Photographic Collection St Andrews Photography Festival

St Andrews Photography Festival: The Weighing Machine (Franki Raffles, 1989)

This is the third post in a weekly series highlighting images featuring at the upcoming St Andrews Photography Festival, 1 August – 11 September 2016 [] Soviet Russia, 1989: a woman, perhaps on a trip out for some shopping, stops to be weighed by a street vendor. They are both engrossed in the moment: she…

7 July 2016Events exhibitions Photographic Collection St Andrews Photography Festival

International Women’s Day: Launch of

The following is a guest post by Dr Alistair Scott, Senior Lecturer, Edinburgh Napier University, marking the launch of the Franki Raffles Archive website As today is International Women’s Day it seems an appropriate time to start to disseminate information about my research project into the photographic practice of Franki Raffles. Franki Raffles (1955-94)…

8 March 2016general information Photographic Collection

Reading the Collections, Week 47: Celebrating Women: the Franki Raffles Photographic Collection

Born in Manchester and raised in London, Franki Raffles was an alumna of St Andrews University (MA in Moral Philosophy, 1977). After graduating she made her home in Scotland, first on the Isle of Lewis and later in Edinburgh, where she rapidly established herself as a leading feminist social documentary photographer. Franki’s desire to document…

4 February 2016Photographic Collection Reading the Collections