Qube in Oswestry has been awarded a grant of £29,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting project, ‘Homefront Heroines’, to commemorate the centenary of WW1.
Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on the lives and stories of the women of Oswestry during the First World War. It will ensure the extraordinary stories of local women are not lost forever, and the impact the war had on women’s lives – which is still felt today, is recognised.
We know that the war changed the lives of women in Britain in extraordinary ways but the project will uncover real local stories, bringing them alive. It will look at what roles Oswestry women play on the home front and how they contributed to the war effort.
Project researcher Sarah Gathercole said: “There are many women who’s contribution has been forgotten, for example the two Oswestry police women and Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) staff nurse Margaret Thomas who was given a medal by King George V”. She added: “Women were making ammunition boxes, running businesses in the town, working the land and knitting for the troops and refugees. It’s a very exciting project that will record just how important women were to the war effort.”
A final exhibition is on display at Qube from 14th March to 29th April