Women Work and War

 Until 24 September 2017 at Leeds Industrial Museum

An exhibition honouring the vital role women played in the First World War

The First World War brought many changes to the working lives of British Women.  As men headed abroad to fight in the war over one million women joined the workforce between 1914 and 1918. They took on the jobs left by men including bus drivers, train cleaners, police officers and fire fighters.  Large numbers of new roles were also created as part of the war effort, for example in munitions factories.

Women, Work & War highlights the variety of these roles women had in Leeds across the economy in the First World War. It shares the stories of women working in the city’s munitions manufacturing which began in Armley and expanded to the Barnbow site in East Leeds. Although better paid they risked their health and lives for dangerous work.

Listen to people today describe the Barnbow munitions workers, share the smells of the Barnbow factory, learn about the lives lost in the 1916 factory explosion and be inspired by these women to create Leeds' greatest ‘Shero’.

This exhibition is supported by East Leeds History and Archaeology Society.
Linked educational resources:

• A new educational resource linked to this exhibition is available from My Learning 

• The WW1 Schoolroom at Leeds Industrial Museum is also available for educational visits.  ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​