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Munitions workers catching bus

27 Sep The trials and tribulations of the Lancaster and Morecambe Munitionettes

The Munitionette’s life was not easy, with long working hours, often living in a strange town, away from family and friends. Popular history has tended to concentrate on the poor working conditions and the sacrifices...

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Canteen at the National Projectile Factory

27 Sep Munitions factories in Lancaster and Morecambe

Women played an important role on the home front in World War 1. They took on jobs traditionally held by men so that the men could join the armed forces. An increased demand for munitions...

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26 Sep The Women’s Peace Crusade in the North West

There had been opposition to the First World War, both before its outbreak and during. But from 1916, and particularly after the Somme, until Armistice in 1918, a Women’s Peace Crusade movement spread across the...

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Catherine Marshall at suffrage demonstration

26 Sep Catherine Marshall (1880-1961): Suffragist

Catherine Marshall became prominent in suffragist and peace activism, significant national movements in the last century. The National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS) was established at the end of the 19th century with branches...

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Belgian Refugees

26 Sep Belgian Refugees in Lancaster in World War 1

During World War 1, Belgian refugees came to Britain to escape the conflict at home. One of the refugees was called Irma Daems, who came from Antwerp and attended Lancaster Girls' Grammar School. In this...

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