School of History, Classics & Archaeology

'A Fair Field and No Favour - The remarkable story of the Edinburgh Seven'

In 1869, the first women to enter a British University began their medical studies in Edinburgh. Despite the turbulent years that followed, October 1869 marked the beginning of a campaign that would eventually lead to women being granted full access to a University degree. This in turn would enable women to enter professions such as Medicine, to choose careers for themselves and to gain new levels of financial and material independence.

This public talk will introduce you to some of the remarkable men and women that made this possible and describe some of the pivotal events during the four-year Edinburgh campaign. It will highlight some of the places significant to those first women medical pioneers and to the establishing of medical practice for women in Edinburgh.

October 2019 will be the 150th anniversary of women’s first matriculation to a British University.

Jo Spiller is a current MSc student at the University of Edinburgh researching this period of history. As a member of staff as well, Jo has been integral to the campaign to recognise the contribution that Sophia Jex-Blake and the Edinburgh Seven have made to shaping the modern University.

This talk will be followed by a reception in the Anatomical Museum where there will also be an opportunity to view some recent creative projects related to the Edinburgh Seven.

This public talk is free (but ticketed) and open to all.

Oct 08 2019 -

'A Fair Field and No Favour - The remarkable story of the Edinburgh Seven'

“A Fair Field and No Favour” – the Edinburgh Seven and the campaign to secure women the right to a Medical Degree 1869-73. A talk with Jo Spiller, MSc student at the School of History, Classics and Archaeology.

Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Doorway 3, Medical School, Teviot Place, Edinburgh EH8 9AG