There were twenty-three wonderful competitors for the Community History Prize which was won by Ruth Beazley who, with some support from local libraries, undertook a project entitled Triangle Mill Sisters. The focus of the project was the 100 women mill workers who lived in a hostel at Triangle, near Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire, between the 1920s and 1970s. The project began with a unique collection of 200 photographs of this community of women, which has formed the basis of displays, interviews and events as well as archival research which now provides a record of ‘voices’ of the women across fifty years of their history. There have been exhibitions in Sowerby Bridge Library telling the story of life at the hostel and work at the mill and we hope to see this fascinating project developed into a publication in the future.
Three other projects were highly commended:
- These Dangerous Women (The Clapham Film Unit and the UK Section of the WILPF, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom). This project focused on the little-known story of British women who were involved in trying to stop the First World War in 1915, and who organised the International Congress of Women at The Hague. The film can be viewed on YouTube: http://youtu.be/0a2xYvXwGiw.
- Herstory (Green Howards Museum and National Childbirth Trust). This project shared the untold stories of army wives, which can be found in the collections of the Green Howards Museum, with young mothers from the Catterick Garrison. Participants engaged in creative activities which explored how women’s experiences as army wives have changed over the last 150 years. They shared their stories, experiences and reflections on army life today in a short film which can be found at http://greenhowards.org.uk/blog/2014/herstory/.
- The Great War (Haslemere Museum and Girl Guiding Liphook District) This project involved engaging young girls with the one hundredth anniversary of the First World War through working with Haslemere Educational Museum. The girls undertook field trips and even had a sleepover in the museum as they researched and curated an exhibition. Further information can be found at. https://www.historypin.org/channels/view/51823#!photos/list/