AN exhibition celebrating the work of women during the First and Second World Wars is set to open at the Weaver Hall Museum.

‘Wartime Industry and Working Women in Cheshire, 1914 to 1950’ opens at the museum in London Road tomorrow.

Curated by Joseph Roberts, the exhibition explores Cheshire’s important contribution to the war effort.

A number of factories in Northwich were responsible for a huge amount of munitions material.

The exhibition will also explore the stories of the valiant women who kept the county, and country, going during the conflicts, and their continued contribution to Cheshire’s industry in the aftermath of war and beyond.

During the first half of the 20th century, Britain’s involvement in the wars led to a great shortage of industrial and mechanical labourers, necessitating a significant shift in the gender balance of the industrial workplace.

Particularly during the First World War, women’s role in society underwent a permanent shift as they took up jobs vacated by men sent to the front.

The exhibition runs until Friday, December 7. The Weaver Hall Museum is closed on Mondays, except in school holidays.

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