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Women of the WRNS

Jen Kaines
16th September - 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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Never at sea: Women of the WRNS

Formed in 1917 as part of the Royal Navy to undertake domestic duties and ‘Free a man for the Fleet’ the women of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRNS) proved themselves able to take on many more diverse jobs than cook, writer and steward.  From armourers to coders, boats crew to plotters the WRNS of the First and Second World Wars took on a variety of roles supporting the Royal Navy and contributing to the war effort.

Royal Armouries Head of Collections Services, Jen Kaines, looks at some of the more unusual lives of some of these women.

Tickets cost £5 and include light refreshments.

Forthcoming Fort Talks

21 Oct – Bomber Command: An airman’s logbook  /  Graham Walters
18 Nov – Women of the Special Operations Executive /  Kate Vigurs
16 Dec – The German Ardennes offensive 1944  / Mike Forrest
20 Jan – Portsmouth Blitz  /  James Daly
24 Feb – The Second World War: Artillery finds new roles / Nicholas Hall
17 Mar – Gunpowder technology  / Geoff Smith


From 18 March 2020 our museums in Leeds and at Fort Nelson will be closed to visitors until further notice.