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Historical costume exhibition leaves Thames this Sunday

15 November 2018

The Women of Empire exhibition is leaving Thames on Sunday. Don’t miss this unique costume display that tells the story of the women of New Zealand, Australia and the wider British Empire on the home front during World War One. The exhibition has been touring Australia and other Commonwealth countries and now makes its only stop in New Zealand, in Thames, until late 2019.

Curators Fiona and Keith Baverstock felt that often history is just “his” story, so they decided they wanted to tell “her” story. The Women of Empire exhibition is concentrated on the homecoming of the war and the aftermath. Did women go on doing jobs or did they step back into the domestic shadows?

Women served great responsibilities and the The Women of Empire exhibition brings to life their experiences, representing these women in the original fashion of the era: the war bride, the bereaved wife and mother, the socialite who’d found a new path, the wife whose husband was ‘never the same’, the nurse determined to make her mark.

"If only she would be a man, we would all know her name. Those who did incredible things, if they were men they would have won noble prizes or be on a bank note," says Fiona.
“The stories of these women are astonishing, people have really absorbed the information and the costumes of the women really bring the flesh out in the stories” she says.

The  Women of Empire exhibitions has been seen by well over half a million people, since it first launched in February 2015 at the Royal Perth show, which saw 8-10 thousand people check it out.

The  Women of Empire exhibitions has been seen by well over half a million people, since it first launched in February 2015 at the Royal Perth show, which saw 8-10 thousand people check it out.  It's now on at the Thames War Memorial Civic Centre from 10am - 3:30pm. There is only four more days to see this exhibition before it heads back to Australia. Adult tickets are $10, children 15 and under $5. Tickets can also be purchased at the Thames i-Site.

This is one exhibition not to miss. See the Women of Empire Homecoming website for more information.