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Talk: ‘On War Service’ Women in the Royal Dockyards during the First World War

September 22, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 7:45 pm

When men left to fight on the Western Front and at sea many women went to work to support the war effort.

Much is known about Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses, the ‘Land Girls’, and those that served in military organisations such as the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) and the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) but less is known about the women who helped to keep the Royal Navy afloat.

Using examples from Portsmouth Royal Dockyard and other UK dockyard establishments, Dr Melanie Bassett will explore aspects of work, womanhood and widowhood to highlight their wartime experiences and their contribution to the male-dominated heavy industry of shipbuilding during a time of ‘total war’.

The talk will take place virtually via Zoom and will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Melanie Basset.

This event is part of a programme of activity for our temporary exhibition, Hidden Heroines: the untold stories of women of the Dockyard , running from 29 May – 31 October 2021.

The talk is free to attend and takes place from 19.00 to 19.45 hrs.

To join the talk click here and complete the form; a link will be sent to you.


September 22, 2021
7:00 pm - 7:45 pm
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