Noor Inayat Khan

Heritage Open Days: Indian Women and War


17 September 2022

10:45 am - 3:00 pm

Venue Leeds City Museum

Tags Adult, Community, Event, Talk, Young People,

Join us at Leeds City Museum to find out about the Indian Women and War (1939 – 45) project, where we will explore the contribution made by Indian women during the Second World War.

There will be stories of Indian women units set up in India that were very much needed when Indian men joined the war. You can find out about the Indian women who were at sea and how Noor Inayat Khan (pictured) became to join the SOE. During the Second World War women were joining the military and, for the first time, Indian women were allowed to join.

There will be talks from members of the project team and activities for children on the day, along with tours of the Voices of Asia gallery and an opportunity to explore the rest of the museum at your leisure.

This project seeks to tell the stories of Indian women in particular the Indian Women’s Auxiliary Corps, the Indian Women’s Royal Naval Service (WRINS) and the Indian Women in the Royal Air Force.

This event is part of Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture! Every September thousands of volunteers across England organise events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – all of which are FREE to explore.

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