Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre are hosting an exhibition which tells the story of women during the First World War.
The exhibition will run on March 7 – March 26, and is part of International Women’s Day 2016.
During the First World War, the lives of many North East women changed, as they were working and raising a family whilst men were fighting. This exhibition provides an education and show the role that women took on during this time in history.
Wor Women on the Home Front said: “Stories have been gathered from service users at Tyneside Women’s Health who researched their own family history and discovered personal stories about the women in their families during WW1.”
Stories have also been gathered from various research visits across museums and libraries in the North East.
Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly said: “Its aim is to promote the importance of the role of women to a wide and varied audience, using an interactive and informative exhibition incorporating both visual and audio formats.”
Coun Kelly added: “The exhibition has toured a range of North East venues including Beamish, Rothbury WI, Newcastle City Library and has been seen on the Made in Tyne & Wear TV channel.”
The exhibition was first launched on International Women’s Day 2015 and has proved successful as it tours around the North East.
Wor Women on the Home Front added: “The response has been very positive and it’s been great to hear people’s responses and their own personal stories from their own family history research.
“As a women’s charity we felt it was important to raise the profile of women during the First World War which not much was known about.”
Wor Women on the Home Front is a partnership project between Tyneside Women’s Health and Curiosity Creative.
A new research project involving Wor Women on the Home Front, is also underway and being led by Newcastle University, which takes a look at the leisure activities that women were involved in during the First World War.