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Virtual vists case 3: Women’s Work – Working Lives

14 Dec

Time for another look at one of the cases in the All Work and Low Pay exhibition, I think! The Working Lives case explores issues women faced in the workplace, including the Marriage Bar and sexual harrassment.

The Women's Library, London Metropolitan University

*Spoiler alert* These documents show the text and all the objects featured in the Working Lives case of the exhibition. Don’t look yet if you’re intending to visit and want it to be a surprise. *Spoiler alert*

Download Women’s Work – Working Lives introduction

Download Women’s Work – Working Lives

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Virtual Visits case 2 – Women’s Work

22 Nov

For those who can’t make a visit to All Work and Low Pay, those who’ve visited and want to take another look, and those who just can’t wait to see it; I’ll be posting up the exhibition booklet for each case.


Today’s case, the second of 11, is the big one. It’s what we call our ‘banner case’:  a floor to ceiling glass case taking up a whole wall of the exhibition space. We’ve packed it full with items and photos showing the array of jobs undertaken by women, including chain-making, hop-gathering, catering and electrical engineering. We’ve borrowed some lovely items from the Museum of English Rural Life, the Black Country Living Museum, the People’s History Museum, Alexandra Workwear, and some very kind private collectors who’ve lent us artefacts they’ve used in their work.

*Spoiler alert* These documents show the text and all the objects featured in the Women’s Work case of the exhibition. Don’t look yet if you’re intending to visit and want it to be a surprise. *Spoiler alert*

Download Women’s Work introduction

Download Women’s Work objects

Virtual visits case 1 – Women’s Work: Home/Work

10 Nov

I know that some of our blog readers live too far away to visit the All Work and Low Pay exhibition. Others may already have visited and want to have a second look at everything they saw. And some of you may be so excited about visiting that you just can’t wait to know what’s in the exhibition.

So, in an 11-part series, I’m going to post up the object caption booklets for each of the cases in the exhibition. Bring The Women’s Library to your office or living room!

*Spoiler alert* These documents show the text and all the objects featured in the Women’s Work: Home/Work case of the exhibition. Don’t look yet if you’re intending to visit and want it to be a surprise. *Spoiler alert*

Women’s Work – Home Work introduction

Women’s Work – Home Work objects

Image: The Women's Library / Mary Evans Picture Library