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Army Girls Talk
Friday 24 June 2022
Venue: St Peter's School, York
Commemorating the 80th anniversary of conscription for women, with an extra special nod to fellow Army Girl and driver HM Queen Elizabeth in her Jubilee year, 96-year-old Barbara Weatherill will explain how aged seventeen she left the Yorkshire Dales and joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service. She trained in Camberley where Princess Elizabeth did a similar course. (‘Well yes, but remember HRH did a truncated version!’) and worked on British anti-aircraft gun sites for two years. Tessa Dunlop will help locate Barbara’s extraordinary story in the broader wartime context when thinking on women in the military was overturned, and thousands of teenage girls served King and country in uniform. Tessa captures the remarkable stories from the last surviving veterans who served in Britain’s female army, bringing to life a pivotal moment in British history.

The Hall is Wheelchair accessible. There is no hearing loop. If you are a wheelchair user, hard of hearing or have other access needs please let us know directly via or by ringing Beth Harrison in Marketing & Events on 01904 527315 so that we can look after you fully.

There will be complimentary refreshments afterwards, a pop up bookshop from Fox Lane Books with a chance to meet Tess and Barbara.

Dr Tessa Dunlop is an award-winning broadcaster and historian. She has appeared many times on BBC TV & Channel 5, including ‘Coast and ’Inside Out’. She received the Gertrude Easton History prize whilst at Oxford University, got a 1st in her MA: Imperialism and Culture and has recently completed her PhD.

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