WWI: Women in War


Taking inspiration from the many beautiful and unique costumes held in the Museum collection, this display takes a look at how women responded during a period of great social upheaval. Through the medium of women’s fashion we can demonstrate the traditional behaviour expected of women and how that would be forever changed by war and political unrest. Through iconic garments of World War I - the nurse, the bride, the mourner and the woman about town - we can visualise the wearer in a more tangible way than in imagery such as film and photograph. Accompanied with accessories such as a mourning card, bed pan, hat and gloves, the observer can further immerse themselves in their imaginings of a time now being commemorated all over the world - the centenary of the Great War and women’s experience of it.

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