The Royal Hospital Chelsea will be holding an exhibition exploring the important role women have played throughout the 325 year history of the Chelsea Pensioners.
While the admission of female Chelsea Pensioners has been a fairly recent development, women have been an ever-present and vital part of everyday life at their historic home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, since it first opened its doors in 1692. The 'Women at the Royal Hospital Chelsea' exhibition, an initiative of the Royal Hospital's Heritage team, will uncover the experience of some of the women who have lived in, worked for, and contributed to the lives of the Chelsea Pensioners over the last three centuries.
Staged to coincide with International Women's History Month in March, attention will be shifted away from the Chelsea Pensioners themselves, and from the famous faces associated with the Royal Hospital, in order to highlight previously untold stories of duty and gallentry. From the famous consort involved in the Hospital's inception, the nurses nominated for gallantry awards in World War II, to the female soldiers who would take up the Scarlet Coats for the very first time, we’ll explore some of the roles women have taken up over the years, and reveal how much of a constant and important presence they’ve been.
The 'Women at the Royal Hospital Chelsea' exhibition will take place between Friday 24th March and Wednesday 29th March, at the Royal Hospital Chelsea's Wren House.
For more information please call 0207 881 5493.