Women & History & Bath’s Fashion Museum

Women and war Bath Costume Museum

The war is usually seen through military eyes. However, it could not have been won without the efforts of millions of women. They proved what they could do – what took a great deal longer was to convince everyone that they should do it.”

‘Fighting on the Home Front: The Legacy of Women in World War One’ by Kate Adie, (Hodder & Stoughton)

The history of the contribution of women to history is not a glorious one; so often the part of women has been glossed over. But I do detect a sea change. My local museum, Bath Museum of Costume, is running an exhibition of The Great War in Costume. Here’s an extract from the press release:

World War I changed women’s life forever; in terms of status, class, position and what was acceptable for a woman to wear. Fashion changed with the innovation of women being required to do men’s work. The corset disappeared and trousers became a norm.

Unfortunately I can’t make the talk given by broadcaster Lucy Addlington but I’ll certainly be attending the exhibition. If you’re anywhere near Bath, UK do go; it’s a fabulous museum. Here’s a link for more details.

P.S. RenewYou women don’t wear uniform, but they certainly make a contribution! More information is here.


Posted on July 21st, 2014 by

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