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Rose Graham (historian)

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Rose Graham
Born16 August 1875
London, England
Died29 July 1963 (1963-07-30) (aged 87)
London, England

Rose Graham CBE FSA FRHistS (16 August 1875 – 29 July 1963) was a British religious historian.


Graham was born in London in 1875 to W. Edgar Graham and Jane (née Newton).[1] She was educated at Notting Hill High School and Somerville College, Oxford.[2]

After graduating, Graham embarked on a research career that saw her producing a series of books on church history, the first of which was a study of St Gilbert of Sempringham, founder of a double monastery.[3] Graham was encouraged by her mother and with her she travelled in France to research her second book. She wasn't able to gain a degree until 1920 from Oxford.[4] She was awarded a Doctor of Letters (DLitt) degree by Oxford in 1929.[1] She was made an Honorary Fellow of Somerville College in 1933, and worked as a member of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments from 1934 to 1963.[1]

In 1945 she became the first female president of the British Archaeological Association which she held until 1951 when she served on as vice president until 1963.[2] She had also been elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) and a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society (FRHistS).[1]

She died on 29 July 1963.[1] Her early work on ecclesiastical history is seen as a great foundation for later scholarship on women's history.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Graham, Rose, (1875–29 July 1963), Hon. General Editor, Canterbury and York Society, 1924–58". Who Was Who. Oxford University Press. 1 December 2007. Retrieved 19 May 2021.
  2. ^ a b Emily J. Horning, ‘Graham, Rose (1875–1963)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, September 2010 accessed 7 September 2015
  3. ^ Graham, Rose. S. Gilbert of Sempringham and the Gilbertines: a history of the only English monastic order (London: Elliott Stock, 1903)
  4. ^ _____, "Degrees conferred at Oxford". Yorkshire Post, 15 October 1920. 5.
  5. ^ Berg, Maxine (1996). A woman in history : Eileen Power, 1889-1940. Cambridge [etc.]: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0521568528.