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

Inspiring Women


We were awarded funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund for the project, Inspiring Women: The Legacy of the First World War in South Gloucestershire.  In 1918, 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 explores and shares 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 includes the role women have played in the development of science, technology engineering and maths (STEM), industry, 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.....


Search these useful links to find the perfect learning resource for your primary and secondary groups.

Useful links


A presentation is also available for schools and groups to download and use.

Presentation slides


Download and play our board game (for ages 11 plus, as well as adult groups). Played with the usual snakes and ladders board and counters, this game promotes discussion among players with an additional pack of cards which detail the time line of the laws which have effected women’s equality.

Women's Equality Game


Browse our selection of recommended reading

Recommended reading for adults


Recommended reading for young people


Please tell us what you think of the project learning resources

IW resources feedback form

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

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
Lucy Hamid

Social Justice

Brenda Bishop
Primrose Granville
Aaliyah Hussain
Alex Raikes MBE
Sue Liebow
Sue Kelham


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 22/1/2019 – 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



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


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