Friday July 27 saw the opening of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome’s third permanent exhibition, Rule Britannia – Women in the Great War.
The Rt Hon John Whittingdale MP welcomed HM Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, to officially open the exhibition funded by LEADER and Essex Heritage Grant awards. They were joined for the celebration by representatives from Rural Community Council of Essex, SMGWA board of trustees and the volunteer curatorial team, responsible for the existing, award-winning exhibitions on site.
Ian Flint, Chief Executive of Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome, said: “This exhibition explores the incredible contribution made by women in the Great War and how their activities changed their role in society for ever. It was a fitting tribute to these ladies that the exhibition was co-curated by Dr Viv Newman, historian and author and opened by Jennifer Tolhurst HM Lord Lieutenant of Essex.”
John Whittingdale MP commented: “I was delighted to be asked to take part in this exhibition opening, and to see the tangible contributions made by women to the Great War and subsequently. I was pleased that the EU LEADER fund was able to contribute; it’s not just about growth and jobs in rural areas, but is there for this type of project too.”