Women's War


Sat 24 Mar 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Sun 25 Mar 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Mon 26 Mar 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Tue 27 Mar 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm
Wed 28 Mar 2018, 9:00am–6:00pm

Where: Dominion Museum Building, 15 Buckle Street, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult Admission: $15.00
  • Child Admission, 16 years and under: $0.00
  • Adult Guided Tour (Including Admission): $25.00
  • Child Guided Tour, 16 years and under (Including Admission): $5.00
  • Family Front (Guided Tour & Admission for 2 adults & 2 children): $55.00
  • Door Sales Only

While men suffered ghastly atrocities on the battlefields, the women of New Zealand faced the realities of the First World War in myriad ways.

A short audio-visual show and display of war-era women's clothing, Women’s War examines the different types of experiences women at home and further afield faced during the First World War. Women’s attitudes toward the conflict were as diverse as their experiences, and giving voice to their thoughts makes it clear that they did not always agree.

Everyone was called upon to show their support for the war - girls gave up their educations to tend to family farms, while some women volunteered by knitting socks for soldiers. Nurses fought to travel to front lines to tend to the sick and wounded, while others challenged the status-quo by pioneering campaigns on issues like venereal disease.

For women in Europe, the war pushed them into roles previously dominated by men. Living away from home and earning their own wages gave them newfound freedom and independence, inadvertently loosening their gender-imposed shackles.

As attitudes shifted, so did hemlines, and so the clothing that women wore during this period tells a story in itself. Recreations of outfits worn by six types of war women – patriotic, supportive family, nurses, entertainers, independent workers and pioneers – will be on display to help bring to life these women’s voices.

Women's War is created by Story Inc. and Dusk, and funded by the Lottery Grants Board. The fifth of seven touring exhibitions, the show gives The Great War Exhibition a chance to tell the lesser-known stories the First World War.

To book a guided tour, visit https://www.greatwarexhibition.nz/visit/tours/

Please note: Opening and closing dates may be subject to change.

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