‘Women in the war’ talk at Eccleston Library

The march of the Women's Land Army outside County Hall, Preston in June 1918
The march of the Women's Land Army outside County Hall, Preston in June 1918

Eccleston Library is helping people to discover what life was like for women on the home front during World War One.

Staff from Lancashire County Council’s community heritage team will hold a number of talks throughout July, including one at Eccleston Library.

They will recall the contribution made by women and children and how the war affected them.

Fiona McIntyre, community heritage manager, said: “The First World War made huge differences to women’s lives.

“Suddenly women became an active part of the workforce, rising to the challenge and making great sacrifices.

“Now British women weren’t seen as only wives and mothers, but as a visible strength in public life, for the very first time.

“It was a magical time when women defied both cultural and social barriers and made some incredible achievements.

“Many women were employed for the first time, taking over jobs traditionally thought of as being suitable only for men.

“From transport to agriculture, munitions and even politics, women stepped into the breach and became a part of the war machine, gaining their own rights and often an independent income.

“They supported those who were fighting and the war effort and it is only right that we commemorate this generation of truly inspiring women.”

The talks are free to attend but booking is required as places are limited.

The talk in Eccleston will be held on Wednesday, July 8 at 10.30am.

Call 0300 123 6703 to book a place or call in at the library.

For more information, visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/ww1/whats-on.aspx.

Alternatively call 0300 123 6703.