Wor Women on the Home Front was a partnership project with Tyneside Women's Health and Curiosity Creative. Tyneside Women's Health is a charity established in 1985 to provide mental health support to women in a women-only environment.
Wor Women on the Home Front explored the role of North East women during the First World War and the impact the War had on their lives and the lives of their families. Over a twelve month period, service users from Tyneside Women’s Health visited local museums, libraries and archives to find out more about the First World War and discover the untold stories of life on the Home Front for local women. Personal anecdotes and reflections inspired by research have been collected and recorded in the form of digital stories, which will be archived as a permanent record of the project. Family stories have been discovered of women painting signal boxes, working in family shops, fundraising in communities and many more!
The project was funded through the Heritage Lottery Fund's First World War: Then and Now fund.
This project has given service users the opportunity to learn new skills, visit local places and find out about the important roles women played in the North East. We are thrilled that Beamish Museum has agreed to host the launch of our exhibition and women will be involved in activities at the Museum throughout the day. This has been a partnership project and working alongside Curiosity Creative has been fantastic, particularly introducing women to digital technology. We thank the Heritage Lottery Fund for enabling this.Elaine Slater, Project Manager, Tyneside Women’s Health