Lunchtime talk: great women of the Great War
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Learn from Angela K Smith, Associate Professor (Reader) in English at Plymouth University, about some of the fascinating British women who found the opportunity to do extraordinary things during the Great War. 

Angela's talk will examine how the war offered many women the chance to do things they would never ordinarily have done, from filling the work shoes of their absent menfolk, to travelling abroad to exotic lands to carry out different kinds of war work. Unsurprisingly this produced some real heroines. Mabel St Clair Stobart was the first woman to lead a hospital unit to the front line and achieved the rank of major in the Serbian army. Dr Elsie Inglis set up the Scottish Women’s Hospitals, staffed entirely by women, this organisation worked in Russia and Serbia as well as the Western Front. Flora Sandes was the only British woman to see active military service in the war, serving as a soldier in Serbia she was wounded, decorated and rose through the ranks. These stories and others will be told. 


£2 per person. Advance booking and payment are essential through the City Museum and Art Gallery's Welcome Desk. Payment can be made by cash, cheque, debit or credit card. Please make cheques payable to 'Plymouth City Council'. Please note we will not be able to refund any monies unless we have to cancel the talk. 

Any unreserved tickets will be available on the day although we cannot guarantee that any will remain! All talks start at 1.10pm and last for up to 45 minutes. 

For the enjoyment of all attendees we will not admit latecomers if the gallery is full or very busy. If you wish to get a particular seat please turn up in plenty of time. Thank you.

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