ANOTHER photograph for Women’s History Month, this one features women shipyard workers at Chepstow in World War 1 enjoying some “leisure time”.

Women entered male dominated workplaces for the first time, as they stepped up to do men’s jobs so that they could join up and fight for the country.

The photograph shows one of the teams in a ladies’ tug of war event at the first annual amateur athletic meeting held on 28 July 1917 at the Institute recreation ground behind St Mary’s Church. The Institute was run by a workers’ committee and this was one of their first events – considered “a triumph of organisation”.

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The women here are wearing the working clothes – linen trousers, overalls, jackets and caps – worn by women workers in shipyards and factories in the First World War.

We don’t know who these women were – if you know, please contact us chepstowmuseum@monmouthshire.gov.uk

Photograph from the collections of Chepstow Museum ©MonLife Heritage