Women: WWII Home front and Post-War Britain
Why this course?
Taught at Whitehawk Inn Community Centre, we study life for women at war and on the homefront: their occupations in the armed services, as pilots, nurses, typists, clerks; working in the Land Army, in factories, in the WRVS and other voluntary organisations, as well as being housewives and mothers. At home during war and after, women had to cope with rationing and learning to ‘make do and mend’ while attempting to remain glamorous keeping up with fashion and cosmetics.
When war ended women found it difficult to give up their new independence. Family life changed and so did relationships. We investigate social and cultural changes that followed the upheavals of World War 2, including architecture, housing, living and working conditions, relationships, fashion, books, cinema and public health - such as the forming of the NHS in 1948. We also focus on changes for women and the adjustments to their domestic, social and family life following the war.
Illustrated with PowerPoint slideshows,and documentary film.
• Fascinating social history
• Colourful images
• Powerpoint illustrations
• Relaxed atmosphere
• Lively class discussion
• Friendly and supportive tutor
• Based out of the Whitehawk Community Inn Centre
Images curtesy of Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.
Tutor: Sarah Tobias