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September 13, 2020

25 Amazing Photos Show British Women’s Work During WWI

At the time of the First World War, most women were barred from voting or serving in military combat roles. Many saw the war as an opportunity to not only serve their countries but to gain more rights and independence.

British women’s work during WWI

With millions of men away from home, women filled manufacturing and agricultural positions on the home front. Others provided support on the front lines as nurses, doctors, ambulance drivers, translators and, in rare cases, on the battlefield.

A set of amazing photos from UBC Library Digitization Centre that shows British women’s work during the First World War.

British woman winding cotton from spools on to rollers at lace factory in Nottingham

British women aeroplane workers near Birmingham welding frame tugs for planes

British women cleaning locomotive in Midlands

British women glass workers in a factory in Lancashire - Plaster house workers

British women glass workers

British women in glass factory cutting shop near Birmingham

British women moulding and finishing stoneware taps at terra cotta works in Leicestershire

British women working in lace factory in Nottingham

British women working in tannery in Nottingham

General view of brass fittings shop

Girl operating stitching machine in Leicestershire boot factory


Mine net workers wiring the floats together

Railway workers cleaning carriages

Railway workers unloading goods from train

The royal tour in the North Eastern countries - The King chatting to some of the munitions girls

W.R.N.S. fitting a mine

W.R.N.S. instructor at respirator and mask drill for military recruits

With the British Navy in wartime - Working a machine to extract the metal from the rubbish

Women acting as helper at punching and shearing machine

Women cleaning windows

Women engaged in labouring work in dressing shop

Women loading nitrate of soda into a skip

Women testing a mine with air presssure

Workers preparing for the construction of concrete ships


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