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The Kitchen is the Key to Victory

Posted on 24 Dec 2014
The Friends of the Priest’s House Museum invite you to a talk on 'The Kitchen is the Key to Victory': Women, Food and the Great War on Thursday 15 January, 7.30pm in the Hilda Coles Open Learning Centre at the museum. Karen Hunt, Professor of Modern British History at Keele University and advisor in the West Midlands to the BBC's 'WW1 at Home' project, will explore the different ways in which women on the home front responded to rocketing prices, food shortages and long queues for food. The First World War saw new kinds of warfare on an unprecedented scale. One of its novel features was that food was used as a weapon of war against civilian populations of entire countries. In everyday Britain, this meant a cost of living crisis as prices rocketed, with food shortages, unequal distribution of food and fuel, and long food queues. This particularly affected women as they had the principal responsibility in most households for translating the family's income into meals on the table. Examples from Dorset and elsewhere will be used to show how diverse experiences were across the country and the extent to which the food crisis not only challenged but also empowered some women. Tickets are available from the Wimborne Tourist Information Centre or on 01202 886116 priced at £6, including refreshments (booking is essential).