Exhibition to showcase 100 years of inspirational local women

June 22 2018

A touring exhibition is to highlight the achievements of women in communities across South Gloucestershire.

The project ‘Inspiring Women: the legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire’, has been collecting stories and experiences about women who’ve made a difference to society between 1918 and the present day.  Members of the public have been asked to nominate who they would like to see included. 

The project demonstrates how the events of 1918 changed women’s lives forever. It was not only the year that war ended but also the year when the Representation of the People Act was introduced.  This allowed some women over 30 the right to vote. It was not until the Equal Franchise Act of 1928 that women over 21 were able to vote, and finally women achieved the same voting rights as men. 

The project has been funded by a £9,600 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Cllr Rachael Hunt, Chairman of South Gloucestershire Council, said: “We are working with various local heritage organisations to research and uncover hidden stories as well as finding artefacts, letters or newspapers. We hope to learn more about the roles women play in the development of our distinctive local industries such as farming, aeronautical and engineering jobs.” 

Rachael Hunt continued; “We also want to document the contributions women make to community, business, culture, science, sport, education and politics.”