School of History, Classics & Archaeology

Dr Jackson on BBC Woman's Hour

Dr Jackson has featured on BBC radio talking about female police in Britain. (Published 17 November 2014)

First female police officer

Dr Louise Jackson has appeared on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour programme to talk about Edith Smith, the first female police officer in Britain.

Smith, who was sworn in as a police constable with official powers of arrest in Grantham in December 1915, has been described as being ‘of outstanding personality, fearless, motherly and adaptable’.

Listen online

The full programme is available to listen to online now.

Gender in history

Dr Jackson's wider research, which examines the professional roles, identities, activities and everyday experiences of women employed within the UK police service, was published in her monograph Women Police: Gender, Welfare and Surveillance in the Twentieth Century (Manchester University Press).

Dr Jackson's blog provides further information on Edith Smith.

Home Office series

Dr Jackson also gave a talk to Home Office civil servants on the history of women in policing earlier this year as part of

The Home Office series forms part of a collaboration with History and Policy to deliver policy-relevant seminars. More information and presentation slides are available on the History and Policy website.