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BOOKING OPEN for our autumn conference


PicMonkey Collage smlCONFERENCE: Volunteers and Voters: The First World War and its Legacy 

WHEN: 12 November 2016, 10am-4pm
WHERE: University of Worcester, St Johns Campus
BOOKING: available on Eventbrite

A conference exploring how women’s voluntary involvement in charities and organizations during World War One led them to shape, organise and influence other women’s lives during the conflict and in the years that followed, when women were first enfranchised. The conference will also include an exhibition on the lives of several Worcestershire Volunteers & Voters, 1914-1939.

The provisional programme currently includes the following:

  • The Voters and Volunteers Project, Prof Maggie Andrews, University of Worcester
  •  ‘Women and the Brave New World of Communal Dining, 1917-1919’, Dr Bryce Evans, Liverpool Hope University
  • ‘Fundraisers and Tea-Makers: The pre- and post-war roles of Glasgow Orangewomen’, Dr Deborah Butcher, University of Glasgow
  • ‘Creating a Transatlantic Authority: A Canadian Woman in London, 1914-1918’, Dr Elizabeth Kirkland, Dawson College, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • ‘The First World War background of Devon’s early women magistrates, with particular reference to service within the Devonshire Red Cross’, Dr Julia Neville, Exeter University
  • ‘Women and Lancashire Conservatism between the Wars’, Dr Neil Fleming, University of Worcester
  • Rural women, volunteer networks and the politics of food production during the First World War: The Women’s War Agricultural Committees’ Dr Nicola Verdon, Sheffield Hallam University
  • ‘To represent all the women of the city: Catharine Albright and the Birmingham Community Club’ Dr Siȃn Roberts, University of Worcester
  • ‘Voters and the Voteless: The 1918 franchise and working-class women in Birmingham’ Anna Muggeridge, University of Worcester

This event is free to volunteers running HLF-funded and community heritage projects.  It is part of the Volunteers and Voters Project and is supported by the Voices of War and Peace (AHRC- funded World War Engagement Centre).  Places are limited so you must book in advance.


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