Women at Work


As we commemorate the centenary of the start of World War One, we must take time to remember what the women of Sandwell did for our country and Borough. I think this publication shows how much we owe to our women.

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Sandwell 2013-14, Councillor Linda Horton.

Women at Work in Sandwell and the Black Country: 1914 – 2014  is a specially commissioned, limited edition, publication that Multistory launched on 11 June 2014, at a celebratory event at West Bromwich Town Hall for the participants and their family and friends.

The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Sandwell 2013-14, Councillor Linda Horton invited Multistory to produce this wonderful book about local women at work between the two great wars. Inspiration came directly from the people we met and the stories they told and memories they shared with us. The book comprises transcriptions taken from interviews with over 30 local women. 

Women at Work was commissioned and produced by Multistory and edited by: Julia Letts, Graham Peet and Emma Purshouse.

With thanks to: Sandwell Community & History Archive Service (CHAS); Black Country Living Museum © 2014 (BCLM); Magnum Photos for photographs by Martin Parr and Mark Power from Black Country Stories, commissioned by Multistory; John Bulmer for photographs from his series ‘Black Country’, produced for the About Town Magazine, 1961; Brendan Jackson, Jubilee Arts Archive – www.jubileeartsarchive.com; Dudley Archives and Local History Service.