Salute to women of the First World War:
THE stories behind the women of the First World War are to be retold in a new project.
Oldham Library and the Oldham Coliseum theatre have teamed up to unearth the roles local women played in the war effort.
They are now looking to the public to help them dig up information and fill in the gaps.
Pupils from Hodge Clough Primary School have been investigating the town’s war memorials with visiting expert Professor Alison Fell, of Leeds University.
And members of the Coliseum’s Full Circle Group have been hunting for clues at the Local Studies and Archives Centre.
Coun Cath Ball, assistant cabinet member for the centenary celebration, said: “We are hoping residents of all ages get involved as we want to encourage people to access the free resources available within the library and archives centre and also online.
“Some people reading this might know more information about women from this period. If anyone has any information, we’d love them to drop in and let us know.”
Theatre director Joyce Branagh will be leading workshops as a result of the research. She said: “There has been a lot of talk of the First World War over the past few months, but most has centred on the men who went to war.
“This project is about finding out about local women and what they were doing during those years – trying to run a home, working in munitions factories, or as nurses, locally or abroad.
“So far we’ve found out about a nurse Sarah Hallam, who went off to Belgium to work with the Red Cross; a music hall singer, Sarah Rosebury, who was known as ‘The Lancashire Lass’ and we’re trying to find out more about Mabel Drinkwater, a young woman who is honoured on Oldham War Memorial – which is very unusual.”
Email Joyce at Oldham- Women@yahoo.co.uk or email firstname.lastname@example.org with information
Hodge Clough Primary pupils with Prof Alison Fell explore Oldham’s War Memorials as part of the Oldham Women in First World War project