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Talk, Thu 30 Mar 2017, free entry


The National Archives

020 8876 3444


Ruskin Avenue,
Richmond, Surrey,


Join us for an afternoon of talks focusing on women in the First World War.
Elisabeth Shipton will look at the voluntary organisations that preceded the WAAC, and focus on how perceptions of women changed in the two and a half years between the start of the war and the formation of the WAAC in 1917. Dr Samantha Philo-Gill will focus on the establishment of the Corps and explore the experiences of those who served in France – from enrolment to demobilisation. Our First World War Diverse Histories Researcher, Louise Bell, will talk about the Women’s Royal Naval Service – from the formation of this ground breaking organisation to stories of the actual women who enrolled, utilising sources from The National Archives.

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Event details

Dates Times
Thu 30 Mar 2017 13:00 to 16:00


Free entry



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Map reference: TQ 152728  Lat: 51.44326 Long: -0.34244

Car : The National Archives is half a mile south of Kew Bridge, on the South Circular Road, A 205. Junction 2 of the M4 motorway is about one and a half miles away. There are 116 spaces in our car park which are free (on a first-come, first-served basis) to researchers using The National Archives. The car park is open from 08:30 to 19:00.
Train : The nearest station to the Kew office is Kew Gardens (Underground - District line and Railway - Silverlink Metro / North London line). Kew Gardens is in both zone 3 and 4, and the journey from central London to Kew takes about 40 minutes. It is a short walk from the station via Ruskin Avenue to The National Archives.
Other convenient railway stations for The National Archives at Kew are Richmond (Travel one stop from there to Kew Gardens) and Kew Bridge (a 15-20 minute walk to us).
Bus: The R68 bus route ends by the entrance to The National Archives, and the 65 and 391 bus routes run along Kew Road.
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