Hut constructed solely of old boxes by the women carpenters in France

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A large wooden hut built by female carpenters attached to Queen Mary’s Army Auxiliary Corps. According to the photograph’s original caption, the hut has been built entirely from discarded boxes. A wooden walkway leads up to the doorway, and a row of windows have been installed along the side. It is thought this photograph was taken by the British official photographer, John Warwick Brooke. This is a good example of the resourcefulness of those at the Front. Due to bad transport links and a shortage of supplies, those involved in construction often had to come up with ingenious ways of recycling material. [Original reads: ‘OFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPH TAKEN ON THE BRITISH WESTERN FRONT IN FRANCE. Q.M.A.A.C. Crowd of women carpenters who work for Government contractors in France. A hut constructed solely of old boxes by the women carpenters in France.’]

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About Kate Lindsay

Kate Lindsay, University of Oxford is the Director of World War One Centenary: Continuations and Beginnings. She is also the Manager for Education Enhancement at Academic IT where she also led the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and public engagement initiative Great War Archive. She has eight years experience of in-depth work on World War I digital archives and educational curricula. Kate has a degree in English Literature from the University of Leeds, combined with an MSc in Information Systems from the University for Sheffield, and an MSc in Educational Research from the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in womens’ experience of War and the representation of the First World War in popular culture.

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