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Bletchley Park in conversation with MK Gallery - Women in war
Join Bletchley Park’s Research Volunteer, Karen Lewis, and MK Gallery’s Head of Exhibitions, Fay Blanchard as they investigate women’s roles during World War Two and how their portrayal in official artworks, highlighted in MK Gallery’s ‘Laura Knight’ exhibition, compared with reality. This virtual event will be hosted by Bletchley Park’s Research Historian, Dr David Kenyon.

During World War Two Bletchley Park was home to the Government Code & Cypher School (GC&CS) and was at the heart of Britain’s signals intelligence operations. Of the many thousands of individuals who worked for GC&CS at Bletchley Park or its Outstations during the war, an incredible 75% were women. But what roles did these women undertake? Karen Lewis will be answering this and drawing the similarities and differences between the reality of women’s roles during war and what official artworks portrayed.

Fay Blanchard, Head of Exhibitions at MK Gallery will delve into how female artists captured the role of women in war through their artwork, examining works from famous artists like Laura Knight.

This event is free but donations are welcome. As Bletchley Park and MK Gallery are independent organisations, we rely on visitor income and the generosity of supporters. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically impacted our resilience for the future. All our events such as this collaboration, involve a lot of time and work behind the scenes to plan and prepare. If you are able to give, we welcome donations of £5 for this event.

Donate to Bletchley Park: https://bletchleypark.org.uk/support-us/donate-form/

Donate to MK Gallery: https://mkgallery.org/support-us/donate-now/

Image credit: A Balloon Site, Coventry, 1943, Oil on canvas, IWM, Photo courtesy IWM © Crown Copyright. IWM. All Rights Reserved

Jan 19, 2022 01:00 PM in London

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