A collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society to make a key contribution to a UK conference exploring women’s experiences during the Great War

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Prof Kosmala and Prof Kirk in collaboration with colleagues from the Women’s Engineering Society make a key contribution to a UK conference exploring women’s experiences during the Great War, 13th to 14th April 2018 at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.

The conference, Voices of Women in the Great War and its Aftermath, is organised by the Women’s History Network in Midlands 

The panel entitled: ‘The Emerging Voice of the Woman Engineer in WW1 and Post War Periods’  examines some outstanding women engineers of the period who emerged from the war to become leaders in the movement to allow women to be professional engineers.

The panel is chaired by Dr Sarah Peers, Deputy President of the Women's Engineering Society. The panellists include Professor Katherine Kirk and Professor Katarzyna Kosmala both of UWS, engineering historian Dr Nina Baker, author and biographer Henrietta Heald, and Anne Locker, Library and Archives manager at the Institution of Engineering and Technology.

Professor Katarzyna Kosmala said: “Many women gained technical and professional engineering skills in WW1, some rising to positions of considerable responsibility, yet their contribution continues largely invisible. We are delighted that our multidisciplinary research collaboration with the Women’s Engineering Society will see the delivery of this timely conference panel.”

Period29 Mar 2018

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  • TitleUWS ACADEMICS EXPLORE WOMEN’S EXPERIENCES DURING AND AFTER THE GREAT WAR AT UK CONFERENCE
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletUWS news
    Media typeWeb
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date29/03/18
    DescriptionUniversity of the West of Scotland (UWS) academics, Prof Kirk and Prof Kosmala in collaboration with colleagues from the Women’s Engineering Society (WES), are set to make a key contribution to a UK conference exploring women’s experiences during the Great War, which runs from 13th to 14th April 2018 at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley.
    Amongst its founding members of WES was Dorothee Pullinger, a pioneering woman in engineering in Scotland, who had her initial engineering training at the Arrol Johnston car works in Paisley. She went to work for Vickers munitions plant in Barrow-in-Furness in WW1 and returned to design a car for women after the war, at Arrol Johnston's new factories in Dumfries and Kirkcudbright. Her life story and fascinating career is the basis of UWS led collaborative research initiative ‘A Car For Women and Other Stories’. Professor Kirk and Professor Kosmala are the lead researchers of this project.
    Producer/AuthorUWS
    URLhttps://www.uws.ac.uk/news/uws-academics-explore-women-s-great-war-experience/
    PersonsKatarzyna Kosmala, Katherine Kirk
  • TitleProfessors head South
    Degree of recognitionRegional
    Media name/outletPaisley Daily Express
    Media typePrint
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date29/03/18
    DescriptionWomen's experiences during the Great War will be at the core of the UK conference with a panel involving UWS academics Prof Kosmala and Prof Kirk.
    Prof Kosmala cited on the collaboration with the WES.
    Producer/AuthorPDE
    PersonsKatarzyna Kosmala, Katherine Kirk