A voice of her own? A woman's place after the Great War
Irish Linen Centre & Lisburn Museum
During the Great War (1914-18) more women than ever went out to work, largely in support of the war effort. But what was the lasting legacy of the war for women? Did their new-found freedoms last?
In this exhibition the Museum will use objects and photographs from its collection to explore the place of women in Ireland from 1914-19, examining war work, at home and at the Front, as well as domestic life and politics.
Highlights of the exhibition include:
- Lisburn Suffrage, the 1914 bombing of Lisburn Cathedral and Lilian Metge’s rare WSPU Hunger Strike medal
- Nursing at the Front and at home, from sphagnum moss to Anna Barbour and Hilden Convalescent Home
- Women and domestic life during the war, from the Lusitania to Lisburn’s 11th Battalion Royal Irish Rifles at the Somme
- Votes for women, from Lisburn’s first Guardians to its first female mayor, Elsie Kelsey
- A lost voice? The place of women in Ireland, north and south, after the war