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Remembering Herefordshire 1914 – 1918: The Canary Girls

The Canary GirlsAs part of the continuing commemorations for the 100th anniversary of the First World War in Herefordshire, Hereford Museum and Art Gallery and Hereford Library are holding another special talk.

Local historian Julie Orton-Davies will be giving a special illustrated talk on the lives and work of the remarkable Canary Girls at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery on Saturday 20 September from 2:00pm to 3:30pm.

Thousands of women worked at the Rotherwas munitions factory in Hereford from 1916 to 1918, enduring dangerous conditions to help the war effort. Jessie Derry kept a detailed notebook of the work going on in the paint shop, while Nellie Lambert remembered her skin turning yellow from the explosives.

The talk is free to attend and tickets are available by calling 01432 383383 or e-mailing herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk.

Please note that as the talk is being held in a historic building, disabled access to the Woolhope Room will be limited.


The Canary Girls photo is courtesy of the T.H. Winterbourn collection at Herefordshire Museum.

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