Wiltshire Does its Bit, the second in the series of exhibitions produced by Wiltshire at War: Community Stories, is to open at The Rifles Museum on Monday 7 March 2016. Using archive images from the First World War, and telling the stories of some of Wiltshire’s most memorable characters of the era, the exhibition paints a richly evocative picture of how ordinary people responded to the war effort across the county.
Edith Olivier, for example, working from her father’s house in Cathedral Close, Salisbury, pioneered women’s war role on Wiltshire farms. Aged 42 when war broke out, she drove the length and breadth of Wiltshire, galvanising women into action, encouraging reluctant and often hostile farmers to employ ‘Land Girls’, and setting up dairy schools so women could take over the role of milking from men. And this she did in spite of the fact that before the war, she had actively spoken out against women’s suffrage. She received an MBE for her work for the Women’s Land Army in 1920.
The exhibition continues at The Rifles Museum until Friday 25 March 2016.
The Rifles Museum, The Wardrobe, 58 The Close, Salisbury,
SP1 2EX. For the museum website, click here.
All five Wiltshire at War exhibitions will be touring around Wiltshire until 2019.
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