Nurses preparing bedding on the floor of an underground air raid shelter at Manchester Royal Infirmary

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Nurses preparing bedding on the floor of an underground air raid shelter at Manchester Royal Infirmary. Source: Historic England Archive MED 01/01/1376

How did the Second World War change the lives of women on the Home Front?

Using primary archive evidence students will research the enquiry question: How did the Second World War change the lives of women on the Home Front?

An image of women at a health centre taking part in a keep fit class. They are sat on the floor with their legs straight out in front of them and their arms up in the air - mid-exercise.
An image of women at a health centre taking part in a keep fit class. © Source. Historic England Archive

Teaching idea

In preparation for future GCSE topics students will gain experience in using primary sources of evidence. They will also gain a greater understanding of what life was like for women before and during the Second World War, allowing them to place the evidence in context.

Learning aims and outcomes

  • Students will develop skills in interpreting sources to identify changes to women’s lives
  • Students will be make inferences about the changes that women experienced
  • Students will use their source analysis to create a review of the Monument to the Women in the Second World War

Prior knowledge

  • No prior knowledge is required

Extended learning and useful links

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