The Hidden Histories of A Million Wartime Women project has now been funded by the public by means of a KickStarter campaign. The on-line campaign that will allow 28,000 pages of wartime diaries written by female volunteers to be freely available on the web.
The Kickstarter initiative to have the war time diaries digitised was led by Matthew McMurray, the Royal Voluntary Service archivist. His collection has been awarded UNESCO UK Memory of the World status and the documents are recognised as some of the most important in 20th century British history. The stories include everything from how young evacuees were organised to salvaging dog hair for knitting.
Quoting from the Hidden Histories of A Million Wartime Women project page on KickStarter:
“Within two years of the outbreak of the Second World War, 1-in-10 women had set aside their own lives to volunteer and help others as members of the Women’s Voluntary Services (WVS). They held the country together working tirelessly on the Home Front, but now they have been forgotten. They modestly refused recognition in their own time and their voices, those of ordinary women from our shared past, have now fallen silent; but you can help us to re-tell their stories of everyday heroism.”
The Hidden Histories of A Million Wartime Women project went live on Kickstarter throughout May with the target of £25,000 to digitise the first 28,000 pages of diaries from 1938 to 1941. In fact, that target was met and then surpassed when 705 backers donated raised £27,724. Donations are still being accepted at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1419318354/hidden-histories-of-a-million-wartime-women.
You can read more in an article by Joanne Moore in the Wiltshire Gazette & Herald at http://goo.gl/uwnsfB.
Meg Moorat, a WVS motorcycle messenger in London during the war, riding a Triumph Twin in the streets of Whitehall.