Sheppey Women in WW1 History Project

We are very proud of the results from our Sheppey Promenade 2018/2019 project “Women of WW1 on Sheppey” in which we researched and brought to life the hidden stories of Island women and their contribution to the war effort in WW1.

We organised over 40 events through 2018/2019 ranging from parades, creative workshops across generations to re-enactments and musical play performances with the help of local schools and community groups and the involvement of hundreds of local people.

We made a film, a research History booklet, Sheppey Writer’s Group published an Anthology of Stories “Deeds Not Words” inspired by our research, Artwork, Information boards and Exhibition, helped secure a WW1 Paving stone for James McCudden placed at Sheerness War Memorial. We raised awareness of Sheppey as a heritage area and the role of women there, shared our research on the HLF archive with Queen’s University and with Kent University.

We provided a case study for community researchers and we have volunteers who are better informed now on how to carry out local research. We are presenting our findings in Glasgow in August.



Anthology: or from the Rose Cottage shop

Research Booklet: From the Rose Cottage shop

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Women in WW1 at Ridham Dock cleaned and repaired
soldier’s uniforms to be sent back to the Front.

Magnificent Men and Women

As part of Sheppey Promenade 2018, Big Fish Arts brought Maria Clarke’s musical play to Leysdown bandstand on 1st September.  Adapted by Big Fish to reflect the work of Women on Sheppey in WW1, the performance formed part of “Magnificent Men and Women” an event to celebrate the early Sheppey aviation history and pioneer pilots and the work that women on the Home Front did for the war effort.


Kent Children’s University

What is Kent Children’s Universitytm?

Kent Children’s Universitytm (KCU) is part of an international charity that provides 5-11 year olds with access to exciting and innovative CU Learning Activities and experiences outside the normal school day.  They reward children’s participation in voluntary learning activities that will develop their skills and raise aspirations for the future.

How does CU work?

The Children’s University (CU) is able to recognise and reward children for all the additional learning they participate in voluntarily outside normal school hours.  Once registered through a school or direct through the local CU, children can earn Learning Credits in a variety of ways including participating in activities held at “Public Learning Destinations.”  Children are provided with a Passport to Learning for them to collect Credits as evidence of their learning.

Once children achieve a fixed number of Learning Credits, they will have the opportunity to have their successes celebrated at a very special Graduation Ceremony at either Canterbury Christ Church University, The University of Greenwich (Medway Campus) or the University of Kent.

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