Hidden Home Front: Episode 4 - The women who volunteered in WWI

How volunteering changed women's lives

From the declaration of war in August 1914 hundreds of thousands of women volunteered.  While some became munitions workers or nurses many in a rural county such as Worcestershire took on other less known roles on the Home Front.

Professor Maggie Andrews explains how women from the all social classes became involved and how this new-found responsibility and freedom changed many of their lives forever.

Keywords: Women, First World War, Worcestershire, Maggie Andrews

In World War 1, Worcestershire, Women,

Stemming the Tide

Spencer Jones

The British Expeditionary Force of 1914 was described by the official historian as "incomparably the best trained, best organised, and best equipped British Army that ever went forth to war." The BEF proved its fighting qualities in the fierce battles of 1914 and its reputation has endured. However, the same...


Presented by:

Professor Maggie Andrews

Directed by:

Sean Griffiths

Produced by:

ICE Productions


Actors: Dan Hagley, Sean Connolly, Debbie McAndrew, Stephen Bessant, Charlotte Martin

Thanks to:

Voices of War and Peace, University of Worcester

Recorded By:

Andy Partington

Assistant Camera Operator:

Gary Tanner

Additional Photography by:

Ina Taylor - Egg Collection Photograph

Images Kindly Supplied by:

Imperial War Museum, Wikimedia Commons

Special Thanks to:

National Trust Croome Park, Black Country Living Museum, Worcester Town Hall, University of Worcester

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