Women and War

By Judith Phillips

Alison Mounter, who has done a lot of work for our project in organising talks and events, recently visited the National Memorial Arboretum. Her account of her visit will be included in a future newsletter. In the meantime you might like to look into this event at the Arboretum. If anyone goes, I’d be delighted to have a report on the talks.

On 26th and 27th September the National Memorial Arboretum will hold a two-day symposium to coincide with its on-going World War I centenary events and activities.

The symposium’s diverse programme of seminars, interactive workshops and site tours, aimed at academics, students and historians, will examine the social changes wrought by the conflict helping to create a greater understanding of how these changes came about.

As well as examining the changing role of women during the conflict – focussing on the care of the wounded on both the Western and Home fronts, other themes will consider the Home Front at a more local level. Topics to be explored by a wealth of speakers include the female vote, food crises, attitudes towards conscientious objectors, the changing role of the country estate house as convalesce homes, and the development of female labour in traditionally male roles.

The programme will also offer opportunities to explore their galleries and to participate in workshops and guided tours of the 150-acre site.
For more information visit www.thenma.org.uk.