The experiences of women museum curators during the Second World War

  • Dates: 12 March 2024, 17:30 - 18:30
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
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A black and white image from World War 2, a women shows a group of children arts and crafts

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The experiences of women museum curators during the Second World War: The changes that resulted to staffing in UK museums as a result of the Second World War can be seen as a reflection of broader wartime debates regarding the role of working women, the hierarchical structure of the working environment, the bias towards male employees and the instances of pay and personal discrimination that affected both men and women.

The war witnessed an increase in women working in museums, the decline of the role of the honorary curator and the development of a more qualified workforce. The post-war museum service that emerged would ultimately be more professional, more equitable and create wider opportunities for all. This lecture will consider case studies taken from narrative accounts by wartime museum staff in the context of the period and will demonstrate the legacy that wartime staffing has had on succeeding generations of curators and the management of museums.

  • Dates: 12 March 2024, 17:30 - 18:30
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Online
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