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Inspiring women: the legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire

Inspiring Women

We have been awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project: Inspiring Women: The Legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire.  In 1918, during the last year of the First World War, the Representation of the People Act allowed some women to vote for the first time.  This project will explore and share stories about South Gloucestershire’s women to celebrate their achievements today and over the last 100 years.

The story of women’s achievements in South Gloucestershire include the role women have played in the development of industry and STEM, culture, sport, local politics, public service and social justice.  We aim to inspire women from all walks of life, promoting an understanding of the legacy and value of women’s contribution over the last 100 years and how this has influenced our lives today.

Read about the nominated inspiring women from South Gloucestershire.....

Industry & STEM

Thelma Bennett
Meriel James
Deborah Jones
Betty Morgan
Brenda Perry
Emma Robertson
Janet Tolman
Jean Williams


Romy Hardeep Gill MBE
Minnie Louise Haskins
Margaret Lovell
Jekka McVicar
Jackie Sims
Jane Tozer


Karen Butler
Hannah Cushley
Rosie Douglas
Elizabeth Ann Trotman MBE

Local Politics

Pat Apps
Mabel Flux OBE
Heather Goddard
Gladys Nelson
Sue Walker
Erica Williams
Chris Willmore

Public Service

Margaret Bracy
Georgiana Budgett
Olivia Burgess
Amanda Deeks OBE
Mary Draper
Ethel Gale
Gertrude Higgins
Clarrisa Hobbs
Rosina Jones
Tina Mitchell-Skinner
Rosie Phillips
Rosa Rouse
Rachel Treweek
Susan Tubey
Rachel Whittard

Social Justice

Brenda Bishop
Primrose Granville
Aaliyah Hussain
Alex Raikes MBE



Recommended Reading

Books for adults

Books for young people



View the Inspiring Women exhibition at the following locations:
Please check the website for individual opening hours.

Winterbourne Medieval Barn 8/09/2018 – 9/09/2018 (12 noon – 5pm)
Kingswood Heritage Museum 11/9/2018 – 2/10/2018
Bradley Stoke Library 8/10/2018 – 29/10/2018
Thornbury Library 5/11/2018 – 26/11/2018
Yate Library 3/12/2018 – 07/01/2019
Patchway Library 14/1/2019 – 4/2/2019
Staple Hill Library 12/3/2019 – 1/4/2019
Hanham Library 8/4/2019 – 29/4/2019
Kingswood Library 6/5/2019 – 27/5/2019
Downend Library 3/6/2019 – 24/6/2019
Winterbourne Library 1/7/2019 – 22/7/2019

As part of the project Southern Brooks Community Partnership will coordinate the March 2019 International Women’s Day in South Gloucestershire, sharing the stories of local women.


The project has been made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.


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