The herring girls living on the (knife) edge – research seminar on Thursday

Shetland herring girl. (Picture courtesy of Shetland Museum Archives)

The next seminar in The Edge research theme series takes place on Thursday and focuses on the lives of Scottish herring girls.

Until the second world war, herring girls travelled the country, working in fishing ports as the offshore fleet pursuing the shoals of migrating herring.

These women inhabited the edges of society wherever they travelled and had to combat the negative stereotyping that journeyed with them.

Entitled Living on the (knife) edge  – mapping the physical and metaphorical journeys of the Scots herring girls, the seminar is led by Professor Donna Heddle, director of the UHI Centre for Nordic Studies, and will explore the story of the herring lassies and the ways and means they used to create their own self supporting societal structures.

The free, online seminar runs from 1-2pm GMT on Thursday, December 10. For details on how to access it, click here.