Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust has been awarded a Our Heritage grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support the development and delivery of an exciting World War One Project.
Here Come the Girls explores the contribution that women living and working in the Royal Borough of Greenwich made during the Great War. From the outbreak of war in 1914, women and girls took up thousands of different and sometimes challenging roles, many leaving behind their old poorly paid traditional jobs. The impact had a profound effect both on the women and on society.
Here Come the Girls focuses on the munition workers at the Royal Arsenal, the nurses and V.A.Ds which worked at the Brook and Royal Herbert Hospitals, as well as the auxiliary hospitals and the new families moving into the newly built Well Hall Estate (Progress Estate).
From April – September 2016 Here Come the Girls will tour venues and events across the Royal Borough accompanied by costumed actors and family activities.
Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London,
“The First World War transformed the role of women in early 20th century British society by drafting them into a wide range of employment, including, at Woolwich, some of the most hazardous jobs on the home front. Thanks to National Lottery players, we are able to support this excellent project so that their inspirational story can be told.”
Chief Executive Officer of Royal Greenwich Heritage Trust,
“We are very excited to have been awarded a generous grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to support this local women’s project. The role of women in the Royal Borough during the First World War was vital to the war effort and this project allows us to explore their role in much greater detail with our local community. With touring interactive performances and an online blog, families will get the chance to explore the lives and contribution of Greenwich Women at War”.