Women In Front



Exhibition

Commemorating Womens Work in World War Onw

6th-7th, 13th-14th, 20th-21st and 27th-29th May 2017

Women In Front - public art exhibition commemorates the contribution of women to the war effort at home and at the front in the First World War. As the war progressed with mounting casualties and the introduction of conscription, over 1 million women were employed for the first time in occupations previously reserved for men. Over 1.6 million women worked in domestic service were now given the opportunity to move into better-paid employment.

In March 1917, the Womens War Work Subcommittee was formed to collect materials covering the contribution of women to the war effort for a National War Museum. The subcommittee commissioned photographers Horace Nicholls, George Parnham Lewis, and Olive Edlis (covering France) to record the work undertaken by women, this culminated in an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1918, attracting 82,000 visitors.

100 years later, Women In Front through the artworks on display, tells the stories of womens lives before the war, their war work, and what happened to them afterwards. The exhibition is curated by Jolanta Jagiello and is funded by Southwark Council Neighbourhood Fund.



Women/WinF - Bus top.jpgOne Strike - Clippies
by Monica Wheeler
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Women/WinF - Bus middle.jpgBus Womens Dream
by Monica Wheeler
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Women/WinF - Bus floor.jpgWomens Place in the Homw
by Monica Wheeler
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Women/WinF - Munition top.jpgThe Aftermath: 522 Women Killed
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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Women/WinF - Munition middle.jpgCanary Birds: Dangerous Heroic Fight
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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Women/WinF - Munition bottom.jpgThe Call to Arms
by Nicky Scott-Francis
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Women/WinF - Pilot top.jpg1918 Navigators
by Louise Severyn-Kosinska
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Women/WinF - Pilot middle .jpg1916 Observers and Reconnaissance
by Louise Severyn-Kosinska
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Women/WinF - Pilot bottom.jpgPrincesses and Privilege
by Louise Severyn-Kosinska
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Women/WinF - Police Top.jpgThe Vote - The Future
by Jolanta Jagiello
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Women/WinF - Police middle.jpgFire-fighting Policewomen
by Jolanta Jagiello
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Women/WinF - Police bottom.jpgDomestic Service and Suffragettes
by Jolanta Jagiello
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Women/WinF - Doctors top.jpgUnforgettable
by Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko
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Women/WinF - Doctors middle.jpgField Hospitals
by Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko
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Women/WinF - Doctors bottom.jpgDispensary
by Elizabeta Chojak-Mysko
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Women/WinF - Postal top.jpgTeaching other peoples children
by Sara Scott
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Women/WINF - Postal Middle.jpgDelivering the Mail
by Sara Scott
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Women/WIinF - Postal Floor.jpgFamily News
by Sara Scott
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Women/WinF - Football top.jpgLionesses
by Jill Rock
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Women/WinF - Football middle.JPGKitted Up Ready for Kick Off
by Jill Rock
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Women/WinF - Football bottom.jpgScotland the Brave
by Jill Rock
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