In the centenary year since some women first won the right to vote, Great St. Mary’s Church will be spotlighting the vital roles the women of Cambridge played in World War 1. A Window on the War, a Heritage Lottery Fund-backed project, will research, curate and share the history of the people of Cambridge during WW1.
This dynamic project will investigate, compile and celebrate through this website, as well as a free family activity day and evening drama in Great St. Mary’s on July 14th 2018, including the launch of a photographic exhibition prior to display in November at the Michaelhouse Centre. The newly awarded £10,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund will enable GSM to provide the fifth major activity day together with imaginative partners, HistoryNeedsYou.
A Window on the War will specifically focus on the women of Cambridge and their involvement in the war effort. It will explore the effect it had on their lives and those of children during the war and directly afterwards, its importance for women today, and the men who served and perished (commemorated in the war memorial window in Great St. Mary’s Church). The research will make use of local and national archives, and will draw upon family memories and collections.
The heroic role played by women during WW1 in Cambridge is relatively little known. They were highly active with ‘hands-on’ help in making things for the war effort and ministering to the injured, and in boosting the morale of those fighting in Europe, revealed through treasured correspondence.
A Window on the War will interpret and bring alive in imaginative ways hitherto unknown stories and ensure that information and image gathered, particularly from participants during the project, can be preserved and accessed by everyone, and shared with other WW1 projects and archives. Thus, an excellent source of information will be provided for all wishing to learn about the contribution of women to the First World War.