Thanking the Women of WW2

Giving voice to more than seven million women Represented by the Monument to the Women of WW2.

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    Emma Manners, Learning Officer for the National Trust at Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, uncovered the story of Christine Harlock while working on a National Trust project . Christine worked for the Auxillary Territorial Services (women’s army title) billeted in Queen Ethelburga’s school when it was based outside Harrogate. She was part of a top […]

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    A former pupil at Queen Ethelburga’s school now has a room named after her due to her decision to crash her plane, rather than swerve into the village near her airbase in Little Rissington in Gloucester. The school has named a room after her and often her wartime exploits have really impressed history students of […]

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Living The Legacy

You may be related to a World War Two Heroine. Living the legacy, enjoying the wealth of women's wartime wisdom and experience.

But what if you don't know because you have never asked?

Raise Your Hats is here to
inspire you to claim your PERSONAL heroines

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Real Life Heroines

Finding out about WW2 women could change how you see yourself, your family, your community. Before it is too late to listen and record it.

Before you regret saying: "I wish I had asked. I wish I had understood. I wish I had thanked her'.

We all know about heroines in films and books - But what about learning from your REAL LIFE heroine?

You are the living legacy, living the dream of individual freedom and democracy won in WW2.

What might you find out from talking to family members, looking through letters and photos?

"Suddenly you weren't just a silly woman. You could do things you never dreamed you could possibly do"

Great-grandmother Marjorie Atkinson,
WW2 firewatcher, lifelong social activist

Raise Your Hats is more than a 'herstory' project. It's about female identity, recognising the relevance and contribution of WW2 women to our lives today.

Giving voice to more thanSEVEN MILLIONwomen represented by the Monument to the Women of WW2

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A Valuable Learning Resource


On this site you can learn how hats, handbags and clothing symbolise WW2 women's attitudes and actions; ask yourself 'what kind of women were they?'.

You can find out who 'Smudge' was and why hers is the only name on the Monument besides Queen Elizabeth ll and read the story of John W Mills, the sculptor, son of two WW2 heroes, who has created this national symbol of Women's wartime spirit and identity.

You can learn about how women put out firebombs with buckets of sand and brooms; why margarine was an essential beauty aid and see if you can create a month's worth of meals using only 125g of sugar per person.

You'll find unpublished photos and astounding stories told for the first time.

You will meet the female veteran 'gunners' who campaigned for the Monument and ensured it was raised next to the Cenotaph. National symbols of heroism either side of Downing Street, guarding the heart of our democracy.

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Seven Million

...teenagers, wives, mothers, grandmothers, widows, sweethearts, sisters, daughters, neighbours, volunteers who did every job, every role, while five million menfolk fought abroad.

...women who endured six years of separation and fear of the worst news possible and still refused to give in when most of Europe had crumbled in the face of murderous tyranny.

SEVEN MILLION women to Raise Your Hats to and thank.

Ask Yourself

Why there are no shoes on the Monument – is it because you are standing in them?

How will your choices, your life, honour theirs?

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