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.

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.


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.


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:

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