HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a grant of £50,000 to the Royal Signals Museum “Women at War” project, it was announced today.
The aims of the project are neatly summarised by former SOE agent Gervase Cowell's comment to Her Majesty The Queen, in 1999, when he was appointed MBE and she asked him what he was doing now:
" I help the old to remember and the young to understand. "
The story of Landgirls and women factory workers during the war is well known but little has been done to depict the role of women within the military.
With the support of the HLF, the Women at War exhibition aims to engage and enthuse people of all ages, but particularly children in education, in our national heritage by telling the story of women who joined the services and had an active, military role. The award of £50,000 will allow the Museum to create a dynamic multi-media exhibition illustrating this largely untold story of Britain’s unsung heroines.
With particular concentration on the The FANYs, SOE and “Y” Service Women at War will illustrate the essential “front line” role of women during the war and in civil emergencies during peacetime.
The FANY was formed in 1907 with the purpose of assisting the Military and Civil authorities in times of Emergency. During the First World War, they had a wide ranging role and by the Armistice had been awarded many decorations, including 27 Croix de Guerre. The SOE and “Y” Service had similarly impressive roles.
This exhibition and its outreach material will create new insights into the nation’s heritage and the sometimes hidden but formative role of women within our society.Furthermore it will open the eyes of school children to the bravery, sacrifice and achievements of these women who protected our community and our freedom.
PERMANENT MUSEUM DISPLAYS
The Royal Signals Museum exists to preserve the history and traditions of our predecessors in the field of military communications. The following is an outline of the topics that are displayed within the Museum and are enhanced by the vivid use of graphic panels, display cases, audio-visual aids and tableaux. They are displayed in chronological order.
A brochure is available from the Museum Shop and it outlines the contents of the Museum and is illustrated with over 60 photographs.
The Crimean War
The invention of the electric telegraph and its first use in war.
Royal Engineer Signals from 1870-1900 & Boer War
The formation of C Telegraph Troop.
The 1st and 2nd World Wars
The growing use of the telegraph for tactical purposes.
Royal Signals in Airborne Units and other Special Forces.
Encryption, interception and spy radio.
The Inter War Years
The formation of the Royal Corps of Signals.
Post World War Conflicts
An introduction to Royal Signals in British Army of the Rhine.
The Falklands War.
The Gulf War.
United Nations and NATO Peace Keeping.