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Women and Leisure in the First World War

This summer Cap-a-Pie are working with Year 3 pupils at Hotspur and St Lawrence Primaries in East Newcastle to find out what women in the North East did during the war. Funded by Heritage Lottery Fund this project builds on some work we did last year.WLFWW

In Summer 2016 Cap-a-Pie partnered with researchers at Newcastle University on a project funded by Living Legacies 1914-1918, an AHRC First World Engagement Centre at University of Belfast. The project, Women and Leisure During the First World War (WLFWW) saw local women’s groups conduct archival research into women’s work and leisure in the First World War.

Cap-a-Pie then worked with two of the citizen researchers to devise a drama based learning programme for Year 3 pupils at Hotspur Primary. The pilot project was very successful in engaging the children in thinking differently about the First World War as well as bringing together different generations to remember the war.


Below is a short documentary film about the 2016 project.

Heritage Lottery Fund

Newcastle University