So far in my series of Historygram posts, I’ve featured the best Instagram accounts out there for historical architecture, medieval manuscripts, church crawling, museums and fashion history. This week’s blog post is dedicated to some of the accounts I love but are hard to categorize. However, they do all share one characteristic – they are all run by amazing and talented females who love their history just as much as I do! Introducing the #historicalgirlgang!
(N.B. All the pictures in this post are taken from the respective Instagram accounts, and all copyright etc belongs to the account owners unless otherwise stated)
Hannah Emily Glennon (@hannahemilyglennon)
I must admit I think I have a bit of a girl crush on Hannah – her account is everything I wish mine would be. Its a great showcase for her love of all things 18th Century, as well as the fabulous places she frequents in her usual haunts of York and London. She’s also one of those Insta geniuses that seems to naturally and effortlessly come up with witty captions for her pics. Her feed is effortlessly beautiful – a definite must follow!
This Instagram account accompanies A Millennial’s Guide to the National Trust, a great little blog providing a younger perspective on visiting NT properties (which you can read here) . Thanks to A Millennial’s Guide I no longer feel like I’m the only one that feels a bit old before my time, and would much rather an afternoon at a National Trust property (complete with cream tea naturally) then a night out clubbing. Pass me my pipe and slippers.
Louisa Brouwer (@acuratorabroad)
Louisa is an American art historian and the National Trust Curator for the East of England. Her account mainly features gorgeous pictures of the historic properties she covers. These places are literally the other side of the country from me – so its a great way of seeing properties I am going to have to wait a long time to visit. I think the reason I like this account so much is because Louisa always gets it spot on in terms of balance between the captivating image and historical context with a good dash of accessibility.
An Historian About Town (@anhistorianabouttown)
I discovered Jessica’s account and blog a few months ago, but I can honestly say she has fast become one of my best Instafriends – we’re even planning on meeting up next February to visit the Christian Dior exhibition at the V&A. Sometimes I think Jess is the Canadian version of me – a blogger, historian and voracious reader with a fondness for costume history and the British Royal Family, she also has her own cute doggo sidekick (in this case Agnes the Westie). Sound familiar?!
Victoria Slater (@history_heritage_girl)
Victoria is a self-confessed history and architecture geek, living ‘t’up North’ and working at the spectactular Castle Howard by the looks of her account. Victoria has an amazing eye and some serious photography skills. She mainly takes pictures of historical buildings and architecture, and I am not lying when I say they are just as good as any professional photographer’s. If you don’t believe me, check her account out!
Marina Amaral (@marinaarts)
If you don’t already know who Marina is, have you been hiding under a rock for the past few weeks?! Marina is currently busy promoting her new book The Colour of Time, which she co-produced with ‘hipster historian’ Dan Jones. They have colourised and bought-to-life 200 photographs spanning more that a 100 hundred years, detailing the defining events and personalities of the modern world. You can see some of these photos on her Instagram account, including this one of Thomas Edison on a camping trip.
Felicity is an 18th Century MA graduate, library assistant and extremely talented illustrator from Canterbury. I actually started following her other account (@historicalfelicity) first, but @fictionalfelicity has now become her primary account. Both are equally as beautiful and a great source of inspiration if you are looking for some historical-inspired reading. They are such aesthetically pleasing account and – oh boy – this girl can flatlay!
Georgia Riley (@theheritagetravelchronicles)
Georgia is a self-confessed English and French cultural heritage enthusiast. I think one of the reasons I like this account so much is I can see the similarities between it and mine. The majority of her feed is made up of perfect pictures of gorgeous historical buildings, slightly edited to show the architectural details off to perfection. But there are also flashes of her personal life, providing a bit of fun and personality to the account.
Rachel Ann (@conservation_rachel)
Rachel is a total and utter girl boss, running her own company RA Conversation, which is dedicated to preserving historic objects and buildings for future generations to enjoy. This account mainly follows the beautiful historic sites she visits in the course of her work, and provides a fascinating insight into the conservation activity she undertakes. Its one of those wonderful accounts where you always feel you are learning or discovering something new.
I hope you enjoyed my pick of the top ladies to follow on Instagram for historical – related content. Who’s in your historical girl gang?