Spring Conference 2018

Booking is now open for our Spring conference at the Black Country Living Museum on 13-14 April 2018…
Voices of Women: the Great War & Its Aftermath

This conference will explore the multiplicity of women’s

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voices during the war and in the years that followed. It will look at the mundane and the extraordinary, the domestic and working worlds, the political and private, in order critically to examine elements of continuity and change and to consider what was to become the legacy of the Great War for women.

The conference will include the 1918 Centenary Jamboree, a family-friendly Friday night social and fish & chip supper at the Black Country Living Museum during which guests and their families will be able to partake of liquid refreshment in the Bottle & Glass Inn and enjoy WW1 activities, live entertainments and silent movies.  Evening tickets are available separately.

Delegates are also invited to enter the Suffragette Bake Off competition: further details will be available closer to the date of the conference.

Although the Great War is often seen as a time of change, offering new opportunities for women and culminating in 1918 in the extension of the franchise to many, the conflict was not experienced in the same way by all.  Class, region, age and marital status all shaped women’s lives during the war and after.

Working opportunities on the land, in munitions, clerical work, transport services and the armed forces gave young women in particular a chance to experience a modicum of freedom.

The majority of women were housewives in wartime, supporting and worrying about their loved ones in the armed forces and undertaking voluntary work. The war created new problems as women struggled to feed their families, care for children and make ends meet; struggles which often continued in the inter-war years.

Keynote speakers include:

  • Elizabeth Crawford – keynote title to be confirmed
  • Deborah Thom – Mary Macarthur and women’s trade unionism
  • Sian Roberts – Voices of peace and friendship: Quaker women, refugees, and the archival legacies of transnational relief

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This conference is supported by History West Midlands, the Black Country Living Museum, and the AHRC-funded Voices of War and Peace: The Great War and its Legacy First World War Engagement Centre.

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