Women at war

The First World War was a conflict on a scale never experienced before and one in which a regular army would not be big enough.

What did you do in the war daddy? – is a phrase l have heard before and comes from a recruitment poster from 1915 which helped 2.4 million Britains – approximately 30% of military aged men – volunteer for military service.

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Recruiting poster from 1914.

We’re marking the centenary of the end of the Great War this year – but also, 1918 was the year women got the vote – though that turned out to be only the start of their journey in fighting for equal rights.

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The Museum of Bath at Work has just opened an HLF-funded exhibition – Equal in Everything – which charts the contribution of local women to the war effort and the beginnings of the movement towards female equality in the workplace, which began during World War 1.

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We’re talking here about the often unsung, working heroines of the ‘home front’ during that terrible war to end all wars.

Let Museum Director, Stuart Burroughs, explain:

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Bath and North East Somerset Council has also helped fund the exhibition which runs through to December 1st.

The Museum is open seven days a week from 10.30 am to 5.00pm. There is an admission charge but with a reduction for B&NES residents.

The museum website is http://www.bath-at-work.org.uk