Cultural awareness and expression



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Women on the spitfire production line in Castle Bromwich
Women on the spitfire production line in Castle Bromwich
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Historically Women have always been treated unfairly in the workplace despite the fight for equality despite great strides there are still examples of prejudices women face in the workplace compared to men there are good examples of this including unequal pay for doing the same jobs and men being treated more fairly in relation to job roles especially where traditionally these might of being perceived as men’s roles. Typically, these might be construction and engineering roles.

Through looking at the roles women have played in industry from a heritage perspective you will start to understand the importance women has played in the work place and historically to the communities that you live in.


Women with red light on her face
Women with red light on her face
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In this task you work in a group or on your own and a local manufacturing site in your community research how women have made a significant impact on the work of the factory. Find out if any notable women work there?

If possible visit the site or location and take some photos see if you can interview any current or former female employees of the site and learn what it was or is like to work there.

Try and see how much has changed in the last 50 years

Once the research has been completed turn this into a presentation or a story that could be displayed in your library or community centre


There is more than one method of retrieving information in the documents section we have uploaded the methods you may take for gathering information broadly the steps you may wish to consider are as follows:

  • Research online
  • Visit the site
  • Look at local archives in a library
  • Interview people who work at the factory



If you have enjoyed this quest congratulations understanding the role women have played in the workplace of industrial heritage is important.

You may have discovered gender discrimination not only within the city you live but also your local community where a industrial site is located.

You will have learnt discover information from research both online and via local libraries or visits to industrial sites.

Turning this information into a display or presentation is a good way for other people to lean about what you have discovered.


Learning Objectives

  • There are different working conditions based on gender.
  • Workplace inequalities exist.
  • It is not only important to promote gender equality but it is a legal responsibility .

Knowledge Acquired

  • Learn about the history of a local industrial site and the relevance to your community.
  • Learn about the impact women have made in the workplace.

Skills Acquired

  • Know how to research and understand materials.
  • Develop interviewing skills

Competences Acquired

  • Understanding research information
  • The ability to interpret information.
  • Present information in a format that’s exciting