Women's Experiences

"I went home and told my mother, "Mother, I just joined the Air Force today!" She just replied, "No you didn't!"

Memories of the War, Isabella Smith

The archive includes newly uncovered diaries, letters, photographs, memoirs, and other materials that capture the diverse roles that women played during the war.

These artefacts, and the stories that accompany them, highlight the crucial contribution that women made to the war effort, whether as members of the armed forces, munitions workers, housewives, mothers, agricultural labourers, or nurses.

Search our collection to find records relating to Women's War Work, WRNS, Women's Land Army, WAAF, Nurses, and the Auxiliary Territorial Service.