This exhibition brings together photographs of women in shipbuilding and marine engineering in north east England in the First World War. We hope the exhibition will encourage people to help tell the story of these women and others like them by sharing their own photographs, stories and memorabilia.
If you have stories or would like to get in touch, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call in at the exhibition.
Please note: this exhibition is now closed.
The Women in Shipbuilding is a project led by Historic England, funded by Lloyds Register Foundation as part of the Rewriting Women into Maritime History initiative. Our project partners are the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), the Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Newcastle University Oral History Unit and Collective. We are also collaborating with Remembering the Past, North Tyneside Council, and North Tyneside Art Studio.
The project will help boost awareness of the role that women played in shipbuilding and marine engineering in north east England during the First World War, which we hope will encourage women's careers in marine engineering today and in future.
The Women in Shipbuilding grant with Historic England aims to address the challenge of the lack of recognition of the role that women have played in maritime sectors in the past, which undermines their entry and advancement in maritime sectors in the present. The project will bring together photographs from the First World War of women in shipbuilding and marine engineering in north east England to create a public exhibition on Tyneside, supported by a media release, social media and online content. The exhibition will be accompanied by request for people to get in touch with family/community photographs, documents, memorabilia, and stories of women in shipbuilding; this material will be recorded and curated.
The project will boost awareness of the role that women played in shipbuilding and marine engineering in north east England during the First World War, which will encourage women's careers in marine engineering in future.
The objectives of the project:
Image: Female workers shovel sand to form an embankment at a shipbuilding yard. © Crown copyright. IWM Q 20142