WomensWork100 events – Nursing and Medicine on Film

As part of their WomensWork100 programme of events, the First World War Centenary Partnership marked the contribution of women to nursing and medicine with a number of film screenings to mark International Women’s Day and the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918.

International Women's Day

On 6 March 2018, PRONI hosted ‘WomensWork100 - Nursing & Medicine on Film’, a selection of three short films showcasing the remarkable stories of women working at the cutting edge of medical advancement and on the front-lines of war.

These three short films, two contemporary and one historical, run to 30-35 minutes and will be followed by a short overview by Imperial War Museums (IWM) Sarah Paterson.

The three films are:

The Invisible Killer of World War 1: Blast Injury

Shown at the IWM Short Film Festival, using archival material, this meticulously researched documentary illuminates the impact of blast injury and highlights the pivotal role played by neurologist Augusta Klumpke. Concisely charting the developments in neuroscience and treatment of the ‘invisible killer, the film reveals the decades of research that now helps modern medicine.

Directed by Amanda Alfaro Córdoba, produced by Miguel Dos Santos, edited by Jo Pester, with research by Charlotte Holtum and camera by Bex Jones.

The War Women of England (IWM 474)

The contribution of British women to the war effort as shown in the 'War Office Topical Budget' newsreel 1917-1918. Including: a recruiting march by girls of the Women's Land Army in central London, April 1918. A column of WAACs marching to Waterloo Station and boarding a train together, "for men must fight and women must work". In France the WAACs do various jobs from motor maintenance to potato peeling.

As well as war service is the question "will there be women MPs ?" showing, left to right, Christabel Pankhurst, her mother Mrs Emmeline Pankhurst, 'General' Flora Drummond and Annie Kenney outside the Queen's Hall on 7 November 1917, on the occasion of the foundation of the Women's Parliamentary Party from the Women's Social and Political Union.

Deeds Not Words: The Suffragette Surgeons of WW1

Winner of Best Use of IWM Archive Material, IWM Short Film Festival, as part of the broader campaign for women’s right to vote, suffragettes Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson founded the Endell Street Hospital, run entirely by women. Skilfully using rarely seen photographs, letters and archival film, it tells the remarkable story of the women who tirelessly worked at the hospital.

Produced and directed by Alison Ramsey.

The First World War Centenary Partnership

The First World War Centenary Partnership led by IWM is a growing network of over 3,800 not-for-profit organisations from 62 countries planning to mark the First World War Centenary.

Together we are presenting the Centenary Partnership Programme, a vibrant programme of events, activities and resources which will allow millions of people to engage with the centenary.

WomensWork100

Since 2014, events and activities around the globe have connected people with the impact of 1914-1918. The role of women is a story that is yet to be fully told. In 2018 the First World War Centenary Partnership (FWWCP), led by IWM, is presenting WomensWork100, a programme of events, exhibitions and activities that will explore the working lives of women during the First World War. Visit the website for more information and details of how to get involved.

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