United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
  The Imperial War Museum

Women of World War Two

Our Ref: 51288

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Women of World War Two (51288 ©IWM, 2012) Women of World War Two (51288 ©IWM, 2012) Women of World War Two (51288 ©IWM, 2012) Women of World War Two (51288 ©IWM, 2012)

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Address

Whitehall
Whitehall
GREATER LONDON
England
SW1A
 
Type: Cenotaph
Other Location Details:

In centre of street between Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence

OS Map Ref: TQ 300 790

Inscription

(East and west faces) THE WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II

(South face) This memorial was raised to/ commemorate the vital work done by/ nearly seven million women in/ World War II

(North face) Unveiled by/ Her Majesty the Queen/ July 9 2005

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
Cenotaph BRONZE 7000mm     Good

Physical Description

Bronze cenotaph, around which hang seventeen uniforms representing the different services performed by women during WW2, including Land Army and canteen ladies overalls, Wren uniform, nursing cape, welders helmet, a police overcoat and others.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

War Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Not known
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No
War Second World War Civilians
Total names on memorial: 0
Served & Returned 0
Died 0
Is this an exact count? Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered? Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial? No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read? No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

Originally planned to be next to statues of WW2 Field Marshals on south side of Whitehall. The statue of Sir Francis Drake was removed to make room and relocated to Greenwich.

Museum of London Archaeology Service monitored site of memorial during the excavation.

Ceremonies

Date: 09 July 2005
RolePerformed By
Unveiled HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Other
Did this include a trust or scholarship? No
Did this include a roll of honour? NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site: Not known
Cost of Memorial: £1.3 million
Comments on Costs:

£1 million was given by Heritage Lottery Fund, the remainder was raised by public subscription.

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
JOHN W MILLS Sculptor
Art Founders Ltd Founder/Foundry

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

The movement for this memorial was started in 1997 by retired Maj David Robertson, who had been informed by a Canadian that many Allied countries had memorials to women in WW2 but not the UK.

The Princess Royal, Baroness Boothroyd and Vera Lynn were among those who joined the fundraising trust.

The original design, chosen in a competition, showed a female air raid warden sheltering children, with the uniforms circling the plinth underneath. This was subsequently simplified to the plinth and uniforms.

Comments:  
Photographs: 5
Other Documents: None
Form / Letter: O
Negatives: No
Drawings / Plans: No
Minutes: No
Press Cuttings: 19
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
The Wartime News     15 / February 2007  
Private Eye     Nos 1149; 1150; 1152; 1172 (2006)  
Evening Standard     3 March 2005 Report of discovery of gas mains.
Local Publication/Booklet     13 Aug. 2003 'Wilmslow Express': criticism by former member of ATS of proposed design.
The Legion     May/ June 2011 p.66 Article on the sculptor John W Mills.