With a background as a Librarian and also qualified as an Archivist, Gillian has spent her working life with the co-operative movement, with the Co-operative Wholesale Society, Co-operative Union, Co-operative College and now the Co-operative Heritage Trust. This has mainly involved collections relating to the history of the co-operative movement and she supports researchers using the National Co-operative Archive in Manchester.
Gillian will be speaking on the Women and the Class Struggle panel, on the topic of:
Exploring the involvement of women in co-operatives in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, barriers to engagement and methods of overcoming them. The Women's Co-operative Guild was formed in 1883 and encouraged its mainly working class members to play their full role in society alongside campaigning for reform and the improvement of living and working conditions.