Photographic display shows how First World War changed society

Leigh Journal: One of the pictures shows women workers stacking oil cakes at an oil and cake factory in Lancashire in 1918 One of the pictures shows women workers stacking oil cakes at an oil and cake factory in Lancashire in 1918

HOW the First World War changed society is being explored at the Imperial War Museum North.

A new photographic display outside the Manchester museum which shows women working in industry during the conflict is one of many events and displays being held to commemorate the First World War centenary.

Six images by official First World War photographer George Parham Lewis were unveiled in huge five-metre high frames on Saturday.

Graham Boxer, director of IWM North, said: “The war was a major turning point that shaped the world we live in today, including the role of women in society.

“These six powerful images depict women at work during an extraordinary time. It is a fitting start towards a major programme of exhibitions, displays and events marking the centenary at IWM North.

“Later this year we will open the largest exhibition ever created exploring the role of the North West of England during the First World War.’ The images in the free display document women’s vital contribution to the war effort in factories across the North West of England almost 100 years ago.

Visitors are invited to contact IWM North if they recognise family members in any of GP Lewis’ photographs on display.

The museum’s exhibition From Street To Trench: A War that Shaped a Region will open on April 5. For more information, visit www.iwm.org.uk.

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