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Podcast 65 - Women at War

Fri, 17 Nov 2017
This month, it’s all about women

A century ago, the Women’s Royal Naval Service – aka Wrens – were founded. They went on to play a crucial part in the codebreaking effort during World War Two.

By November 1917, Britain was three years into a bloody, devastating war. In this episode, we explore what kind of work women did during both wars and what they – and the men – thought of it. A new pop up exhibition is now open in the Visitor Centre at Bletchley Park, celebrating the contribution of Wrens to the codebreaking effort during WW2. We delve into a few of the many the stories behind it, with Exhibitions Manager, Erica Munro.

Award winning author Clare Mulley tells us about the women who flew for Hitler, among others who did incredibly daring and dangerous war work – on both sides.

We also find out what Hush WAACs were. They were stationed in France, and their work was top secret. Some kept journals but – unsurprisingly – they don’t divulge much about what they were doing. Dr Jim Beach from the University of Northampton talks to podcast producer, Mark Cotton.

Also in this episode, Bletchley Park has been urging people to knit one, post one. People have been creating authentic wartime knitwear, for display in the dressed rooms. We discover some of the treasures that have been sent in, with Exhibitions Assistant, Emma Treleaven.

Episode 65 - Women at War