Several members of the History Division participated in a lively and fruitful study day hosted by the West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network and the American University of Paris on Saturday, November 29, 2008. Glamorgan PhD student Rachel Lock-Lewis presented a paper on her current research into women’s employment in Monmouthshire on either side of World War II. The paper explored differences in urban and rural employment and the influence of the war on employment rates. Dr Timothy Jones presented his research on polygamy in the Church of England. The paper revealed how the Church of England moved from blanket opposition to polygamy in the mid-nineteenth century to toleration of the practice in the second half of the twentieth century. The West of England and South Wales Women’s History Network exists to encourage research and stimulate interest in women’s history and gender history in the south west of Britain. It holds regular study days and annual conferences. Glamorgan scholar Dr Fiona Reid is secretary of the network. The Network will hold its 15th Annual Conference at the University of Wales, Newport on Saturday 4th July 2009 on Women’s Activism: History and Historical Perspectives. For more information see: